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Sep 15, 2021 - 11:55:32 AM



2921 posts since 11/29/2007

I just ran across a YouTube video on >< where a fellow named Will is playing what appears to be a Huber Roanoke that is wearing a squarish black patch on the head. (The banjo, not Will). It appears to be around 5 - 6 inches in size and I am wondering what this would be for. I guess it must do something to dampen the vibrations of the head though that is only a guess. It is from 2008. I thought I had seen about all the different ideas regarding banjo tone adjusting, but this is a first for me. Any ideas what this might be for? I am guessing this was probably home made as well. Thanks for any input.


Sep 15, 2021 - 12:33:40 PM
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Sep 15, 2021 - 12:36:46 PM

129 posts since 6/5/2006

Perhaps it's to make it easier to see his fingers and picks.  If for tone he would probably have put it on the underside.

Edited by - restreet on 09/15/2021 12:39:00

Sep 15, 2021 - 2:29:14 PM

2709 posts since 3/30/2008
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I'm guessing it's a pick guard. That seems to be the zone he plays in. (drummers often buy a type of head with a "sound control" patch. Perhaps this banjoist uses the patch for both reasons, sound control & guard.)

Sep 15, 2021 - 2:53:51 PM
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2580 posts since 5/2/2012

I work now and then learning to play the dobro. In most of the videos I watch the instructor has a black patch underneath the area of the strings that he/she is picking over, the idea being that it is easier to see what the picking hand is doing. First on a banjo video, though.

Sep 15, 2021 - 3:53:03 PM
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1612 posts since 2/9/2007

That seems a very good idea for making the right hand moves clear on video. I might give it a try on Zoom lessons.

Sep 15, 2021 - 4:10:55 PM

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I never thought of that angle, (showing the fingering). That's pretty clever.

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