While doing research on my current train of thought I have come across several photos with the banjo held left handed and of course upside down. The many examples lead me to wonder if this is no…Continue
"What route did that that instrument take to reach New York? I shouldn't be, but I am confused about how Joel and the musicians who wrote the teaching manuals were interrelated. There seems to be some sort of disconnect between them.
I never thought about WHEN in history our banjo actually became an instrument with a real finger board instead of a stick. Logic would tell us at some period of some length there was an earliest version that had a flat fingerboard that…"
"From the research I've done steel strings weren't available to most people till nearly the end of the civil war. I believe manufacturers warned against them because they would cause the instrument to fail. Guitar manufacturers were dead…"
"Bob, I agree. Being a left handed player, and choosing to use a left handed instrument has had some interesting consequences. That is one of the reasons that I choose to play a copy of that Sweeney banjo,"
"I hate to beat a dead horse, but will offer one final comment--which, I hesitate to add, is my opinion only. I think it's all but certain, as Joseph Sorah proposes, that left-handed people down through the ages have picked…"
"I am a little confused. The original question was "The many examples lead me to wonder if this is no artifact of the photo posing by the photographer , but rather an actual example of the way some people played the instrument." The 19th…"
"I believe you guys have defined the issue. First: people have and currently do play banjo upside down, second: the photos we all have seen verify this, and third: whether the old photos were a reflection of how the individuals portrayed actually…"
"Like Dan'l, I thought it would be pretty unlikely to find a genuine picture of a lefty playing a right-handed banjo with the 5th-string peg pointing down. But Elizabeth Cotten (mentioned above by Joseph Soreh) did it and here's the…"
"I think it's pretty well agreed that (1) if the photographic medium is a daguerreotype, an ambrotype, or a tintype and (2) the sitter looks to be playing in a right-handed manner, but the 5th string peg is pointing down, then (3) the…"
I get your point having owned a photo lab for a while and been photo assistant for the staff photographer for a TV station. The problem I have is the fact that the banjo is up side down whether the finished photo is printed left or…"
"(For example: here is a tintype I sat for a few years ago - on the left is the image as it came out of the camera. Hand obscuring the fifth string peg on the bottom. On the right is the image flipped to show how I was actually sitting in…"