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easing into Minstrel banjo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Mohr Oct 14. 15 Replies

Planning on ordering an open back with a duel setup.  That is two bridges and two nuts to allow switching between steel and some type of minstrel style strings.  My intent was to get a short scale…Continue

easing into Minstrel banjo

Started Oct 7 0 Replies

Planning on ordering an open back with a duel setup.  That is two bridges and two nuts to allow switching between steel and some type of minstrel style strings.  My intent was to get a short scale…Continue

easing into Minstrel banjo

Started Oct 7 0 Replies

Planning on ordering an open back with a duel setup.  That is two bridges and two nuts to allow switching between steel and some type of minstrel style strings.  My intent was to get a short scale…Continue

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Rob Mohr replied to John Vincent's discussion easing into Minstrel banjo
"Yep, I certainly have that!! LOL thanks for the links. Already have them open!! My biggest adjustment has been effectively dropping my thumb cleanly, without dulling or muting the string above. Ugh. Oh well, practice practice practice."
Oct 14
Strumelia replied to John Vincent's discussion easing into Minstrel banjo
"So maybe OCCCDD is obsessive compulsive carolina chocolate drops disorder...  I could certainly "c" that.   ;D Briggs is a low bass tuning, standard G is a high bass tuning. Here are two short but interesting older threads…"
Oct 14
Rob Mohr replied to John Vincent's discussion easing into Minstrel banjo
"CCD is the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Rhiannon Giddens and Dom Flemons are great players and purveyors of the early history of the banjo... Low E or Low D. Just standard G tuned down 2 steps, or Briggs up a step. The multiple C' s are the drop…"
Oct 14
Strumelia replied to John Vincent's discussion easing into Minstrel banjo
"I have a Bell Stichter and I love it.  I hope you get yours soon... it seems not uncommon for Terry to fall behind in his schedule and communication.  But I do hope he's feeling better, and will be getting back to normal in completing…"
Oct 14
Strumelia replied to John Vincent's discussion easing into Minstrel banjo
"Rob, I'm confused by the tunings you're naming.  What do you mean by 'the multiple A tunings' and 'multiple C's' ?  What is the 'low E tuning' you are using?  Is it a higher pitch version…"
Oct 14
Rob Mohr replied to John Vincent's discussion easing into Minstrel banjo
"That's exactly what I did, Strumelia. I played the BYM long enough to know that this is the style of banjo I was passionate about. Now, I'm just waiting on Terry (get well soon!!) To finish my Stichter build."
Oct 14
Strumelia replied to John Vincent's discussion easing into Minstrel banjo
"One advantage of starting out with a banjo that doesn't cost much-  you might buy a higher priced banjo later on, but it's always nice to keep the starter banjo on hand so you can take it traveling, camping, etc. without worrying…"
Oct 14
Chris Prieto replied to John Vincent's discussion easing into Minstrel banjo
"My first minstrel banjo was a prust tackhead and it served me very well. It was cheap and sounded fairly good especially since I had been practicing on a wire rig for some time. It was the correct size and scale so it could handle D and E tuning…"
Oct 14
Rob Mohr replied to John Vincent's discussion easing into Minstrel banjo
"I keep my fretless BYM banjo in the low E and can rotate through the multiple A tunings from there. Low D makes the strings just too noodly for my taste. But it also plays fine in standard G as well, but I have reso tuned standard or multiple…"
Oct 14
John Vincent replied to John Vincent's discussion easing into Minstrel banjo
"Backyard Music looks like a good way to go.  Thanks for the resource."
Oct 14
Rob Mohr replied to John Vincent's discussion easing into Minstrel banjo
"When I decided that I wasn't really into bluegrass, but more stringband, CCD, type stuff, I was already playing an expensive resonator. So, I just tuned to drop C and started learning the Seeger style. Once I got pretty solid at that, I have…"
Oct 13
John Vincent replied to John Vincent's discussion easing into Minstrel banjo
"Thanks A.N.; Sure to have more questions later."
Oct 9
A.N. Chase replied to John Vincent's discussion easing into Minstrel banjo
"I tend to agree with what Chris said; also, if you have to change your nut and strings every time you want to change styles, you're probably going to wind up playing in one style most of the time; having two instruments really is justified in…"
Oct 9
John Vincent replied to John Vincent's discussion easing into Minstrel banjo
"Thanks, Chris"
Oct 7
Chris Prieto replied to John Vincent's discussion easing into Minstrel banjo
"I wouldn't say it's a bad idea. My opinion is that I'd rather just have two different banjos. Regular banjos have truss rods and frets and are generally smaller. Minstrel banjos have huge heads, no frets and are longer and wider in…"
Oct 7
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