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Jul 20, 2022 - 8:42:56 PM
184 posts since 1/7/2011

I first learned this song on the 5-string banjo back in college. I recently relearned it on the plectrum banjo keeping in the hammer-ons and pull-offs. The tuning is the same as the 4 strings on a 5-string banjo ~ DGBD (with no 5th string).

Sailor's Hornpipe

The banjo in the video is a Dale Small "Small Banjo."

John

Jul 20, 2022 - 8:57:58 PM

58 posts since 12/2/2020

quote:
Originally posted by jazzbanjo

I first learned this song on the 5-string banjo back in college. I recently relearned it on the plectrum banjo keeping in the hammer-ons and pull-offs. The tuning is the same as the 4 strings on a 5-string banjo ~ DGBD (with no 5th string).

Sailor's Hornpipe

The banjo in the video is a Dale Small "Small Banjo."

John


hey mr.john the plectrum banjos syncopation and way you activate the strings sure is more intuitive isnt? probably a good rhythmic feel in comparison to the first way you learned it with the 5 string, amazing how those tracks you learn and love as a younger person stay with you forever, a certain feel or signature or time or melody gets rooted deep inside you and stays with you forever, interesting im already finding tunes like that, good job.

Jul 20, 2022 - 9:04:42 PM

184 posts since 1/7/2011

Thank you,

Bluegrass guitar picker's will use cross picking in their solos and that is the same thing I did with this tune. Without the 5th string I also had to make some adjustments since I wasn't able to have the same same speed I did with finger picks.

Edited by - jazzbanjo on 07/20/2022 21:05:49

Jul 20, 2022 - 9:50 PM
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Foote

USA

598 posts since 3/25/2009

Very nice playing. I also am fortunate enough to own a Dale Small banjo, so it was great to see and hear another of his wonderful instruments. I've never seen a small plectrum. Mine is a pony. He did such beautiful work.

Jul 21, 2022 - 10:36:44 AM

184 posts since 1/7/2011

The "Small Banjo" can be tuned plectrum, tenor or ukulele.

Jul 21, 2022 - 11:25:22 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

27691 posts since 8/3/2003

quote:
Originally posted by jazzbanjo

The "Small Banjo" can be tuned plectrum, tenor or ukulele.


Dale Small made me a 5 string banjo years ago that had a neck that was 3" shorter than normal and the neck was thinner and narrower.  Other than that, it was just like a regular 5 string resonator banjo that you see at bluegrass festivals.  It was tuned in open G.  Played it for several  years and it was really a conversation starter.  Got lots of strange looks and many "can I  play that thing"?

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