I just ran across a YouTube video on >OnLineLessonVideos.com< 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.
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
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.)
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.
That seems a very good idea for making the right hand moves clear on video. I might give it a try on Zoom lessons.
I never thought of that angle, (showing the fingering). That's pretty clever.
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