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May 25, 2024 - 5:13:55 AM

pedromst

Portugal

8 posts since 5/25/2024

Hello Friends, I'm a bass player and I live in Portugal, I'm looking to learn Banjo for a new project.

Which top musicians do you recommend I listen to?

May 25, 2024 - 6:20:56 AM
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4846 posts since 3/28/2008

1. Earl Scruggs
2. J.D. Crowe
3. Bela Fleck

May 25, 2024 - 6:45:24 AM

pedromst

Portugal

8 posts since 5/25/2024

I'll search. Thank you very much

May 25, 2024 - 7:35:14 AM
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3381 posts since 5/2/2012

Scruggs, Crowe and Fleck will cover some of the bluegrass side, Scruggs style picking.
For clawhammer players, Abigail Washburn (Bela Fleck's wife), Rhianna Giddens, Mary Z. Cox, Bob Carlin, Ken Perlman, Wayne Erbsen.

May 25, 2024 - 8:49:31 AM

719 posts since 5/21/2020

quote:
Originally posted by pedromst

Hello Friends, I'm a bass player and I live in Portugal, I'm looking to learn Banjo for a new project.

Which top musicians do you recommend I listen to?


What style of music do you want to play?

May 25, 2024 - 9:37:15 AM

pedromst

Portugal

8 posts since 5/25/2024

In fact, I want to adapt the banjo to pop rock. I am studying.
May 25, 2024 - 10:02:46 AM
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5772 posts since 5/29/2011

Bela Fleck, Jens Kruger, Noam Pikelny, and Tony Trischka will give you a little more to adapt into the style you want to play.

May 25, 2024 - 10:54:26 AM
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719 posts since 5/21/2020

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In fact, I want to adapt the banjo to pop rock. I am studying.

In addition to those already mentioned you might find Eddie Collins a useful resource to study

https://www.youtube.com/@EddieCollinsMusic/videos 

May 25, 2024 - 11:30:16 AM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

2369 posts since 8/9/2019

quote:
Originally posted by pedromst
In fact, I want to adapt the banjo to pop rock. I am studying.

Best of luck with that. It won't be easy or simple

May 25, 2024 - 12:22:14 PM
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5031 posts since 9/12/2016

there are many many--just as good-but not mentioned--this is all seasoned with personal circumstantial reflections--which is OK but I disagree that any one of the greats --trumps the others--most of the greats have thrown down on a pop -rock etc.
It is a matter of finding the notes and rhythm that fit

May 25, 2024 - 1:48:21 PM
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kwl

USA

652 posts since 3/5/2009

You may be better off with a plectrum or tenor banjo for rock music. Just saying.

May 25, 2024 - 2:30:44 PM
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5031 posts since 9/12/2016

Run this up to 1.06 for some scruggs style killing it by John McUen--one of the best all around-doing country rock way back--the remaster was 2003 this is from the 70s???

there is only so much room in a song and the fill spots have to be shared imo--though i ask no agreement

Edited by - Tractor1 on 05/25/2024 14:35:26

May 25, 2024 - 3:01:24 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

72107 posts since 10/5/2013

Leftover Salmon

May 25, 2024 - 9:45:17 PM
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6065 posts since 3/6/2006

It might depend if you want the banjo to be soloing out front and in your face, or further back in the mix for that "banjo flavor" thing. It is quite different from playing bass, be prepared to invest a lot of time into it.

May 26, 2024 - 4:07:40 AM
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pedromst

Portugal

8 posts since 5/25/2024

I am studying. It's a little different, but since I have classical guitar bases it makes it easier.
May 26, 2024 - 4:15:33 AM
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pedromst

Portugal

8 posts since 5/25/2024

Right now I'm learning this technique he's doing. 

https://infinitelooper.tube/?videoId=HnJ4aUoEL8Q&start=127&end=128&rate=0.73&timestamp=1716721988850

The secret is not to give up, as it is always a new instrument. Thanks for your tips. is helping.

May 26, 2024 - 6:43:16 AM
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3056 posts since 2/12/2005

In that case, learn Earl Scruggs Foggy Mountain Banjo album. Tablatures are available in the Earl Scruggs Banjo Book and the Earl Scruggs Banjo Songbook.

May 26, 2024 - 6:48:33 AM
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9617 posts since 8/30/2004

I would personally recommend: Earl Scruggs, Don Reno, Allen Shelton, Don Stover and for something more daring and melodic in nature, Bill Keith....good luck and never stop practicing...Jack Baker   And yes, The Foggy Mountain Banjo Albumn as recommended by Randy as it is the genisis of superior Bluegrass Banjo playing...

Originally posted by pedromst

Hello Friends, I'm a bass player and I live in Portugal, I'm looking to learn Banjo for a new project.

Which top musicians do you recommend I listen to?


Edited by - Jack Baker on 05/26/2024 06:51:43

May 26, 2024 - 9:26:50 AM
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3381 posts since 5/2/2012

Eddie Collins, mentioned above, did a series of lessons on playing pop/rock tunes with Scruggs style picking.   

For some inspiration, check out Munson Covers on utube.  He covers a lot of contemporary tunes, usually with one Scruggs style picking pattern and sometimes a pinch.  He sings, and you can see the chords and lyrics on the screen.  

May 26, 2024 - 10:01:47 AM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

2369 posts since 8/9/2019

Don Reno x 1000

May 27, 2024 - 4:43:29 AM
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phb

Germany

4065 posts since 11/8/2010

For a shortcut, you might want to look up Ricky Mier on YouTube. He's a superb progressive and open-minded player and teacher that has gone more of the way than you will be likely to go. And his first instrument is the bass.

May 29, 2024 - 4:41:35 AM
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CeeBeeBanjo

Canada

11 posts since 2/2/2022

If it's pop rock you are going for, you have to check out this song just for fun: "Disco Banjo" by the French-Canadian (Acadian) group 1755. Recording is from 1979 - true to the disco era! youtube.com/watch?v=ehybU2HOokY
Enjoy!

May 29, 2024 - 9:02:22 AM

3800 posts since 4/5/2006

All of the above plus Ben Eldridge & Lincoln Hensley. smiley

May 29, 2024 - 9:19:50 AM

5031 posts since 9/12/2016

flying burrito brothers --all editions---eagles peaceful easy feelings

May 30, 2024 - 8:40:43 PM

666 posts since 11/2/2009

Here is a flat pick style banjo tune, not three finger picking style.

https://youtu.be/e4Ao-iNPPUc?si=BBX5x1aGBPzsbiZX

As you hear different things, your taste will change and your creative talents will take over. Buena suerte!

This next group also cover lots of non-bluegrass material. Very good musicians, with a sense of humor. "The Cleverlys"

https://youtu.be/KtDgmqVs5Eg?si=MrZWdSS2H1DqaHaV

Edited by - gcpicken on 05/30/2024 20:42:52

Jun 1, 2024 - 1:29:02 AM

tarahall

Australia

35 posts since 12/10/2008

quote:
Originally posted by phb

For a shortcut, you might want to look up Ricky Mier on YouTube. He's a superb progressive and open-minded player and teacher that has gone more of the way than you will be likely to go. And his first instrument is the bass.


I need to second that idea. Ricky has a great way of breaking down the RH roll structures of a piece (albeit with his own form of quirky humour), but you would find his breakdowns of RH picking techniques very informative, plus as a bass player he understands the importance of beat #1.

Edited by - tarahall on 06/01/2024 01:29:45

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