can anyone give me the names of banjoists, today or in the past, who play the chicago tuned plectrum?
Hey great topic! I posted a similar thread almost a year ago that generated some interesting discussion. Here's a link to that: https://www.banjohangout.org/archive/369390
Another good resources is this article from the Syncopated Times with John Gill (who also responded in that thread above): https://syncopatedtimes.com/pickin-on-the-plectrum-and-the-tenor-too/
One really interesting thing is that I have still found ZERO reference to anyone using Chicago tuning in early jazz (1910's, 20s, 30s,). My hunch is that some people were using it, but there are few (if any) historical records where this was documented.
I'm active in the western swing scene so I'm especially curious the early western swing banjoists. Ocie Stockard? Johnnie Lee Wills? Sleepy Johnson? Anyone know of any interviews with those guys?
Wonderful, thank you!
In the twenties there was at least one: Harry George, producer of Trujo banjos (actually made by Gibson). I own a Trujo banjo, read their story here:
Ahahah, I notice that I've also replyied on that thread! Ok, sorry, my memory is getting lost :-)
Ah yes, Trujo banjos and their “salons” were mentioned in that thread too! Guess I forgot about that.
I’m still wondering who in 1920s Chicago was playing in DGBE. What’s the origin of the term, and how far back does it go?
The two banjoists from that scene who I am most familiar with are Johnny St. Cyr and Bud Scott (both originally from Louisiana). St. Cyr is well known as a guitar-banjo player, and I believe also occasionally recorded on tenor. I would guess he used DGBE for that. Bud Scott also played guitar and some guitar-banjo. But he did plenty of King Oliver records with a tenor banjo. I wonder what tuning he was using for that?
Edited by - shedstomp on 09/19/2021 11:10:30
From the pictures I've found on the web it seems that in one he plays a C chord on standard tenor tuning, in another a C chord with Chicago fingering
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