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Chris Prieto
  • San Diego, CA
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  • Since early 2014
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Chris Prieto's Discussions

How long do you take to learn a song you haven't heard before?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Jul 21. 7 Replies

I have begun trying to rely less on familiarity and memory and trying to play songs I don't remember hearing by only reading the sheet music. It's mostly shorter less popular tunes in the tutors.I…Continue

29" scale length gourdie

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strumelia Jul 10. 9 Replies

is 29" scale length totally insane? I myself suffer of the ol trex arms and dont think I could muster it but I am curious if humans with regular arms are into that sort of thing or it would just be…Continue

Gut 4th string

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Prieto on Friday. 15 Replies

I thought it was a good idea but it is a pita. Impossible to tune since it's so fat even the slightest twist of the peg send it's sharp or flat and the notes are almost half a step behind all the…Continue

Proper spectacles!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Prieto Dec 11, 2016. 5 Replies

So some time ago Tim mentioned he ground down some old lenses and put em in a pair of period frames. So I attempted to do the same. I cut the shape into surface lens with exact blade and drilled many…Continue

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Chris Prieto replied to Judith's discussion For Sale: David Prat Gourd Banjo and Jeff Menzies tackhead
"Haha I was gonna say post pictures cuz I just like to look at banjos :D"
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Chris Prieto replied to Chris Prieto's discussion Gut 4th string
"Yeah it truly has been a giant PITA I am getting *much* better results tuned up a step tho. A lot less flappy and less muddy. I am banking on slightly fatter fc string to do the trick. In all honesty I use the nylguts because they are convenient…"
Friday
Joel Hooks replied to Chris Prieto's discussion Gut 4th string
"HI Chris, FWIW historically, the earliest documented information on the five string banjo as we know it always used a wound over silk or wound over gut 4th string.  Pre Briggs book photos clearly show a wound 4th.  The wound 4th continued…"
Friday
Chris Prieto replied to Chris Prieto's discussion Gut 4th string
"To follow up on this I have been battling with this bass string forever :| I ordered a wound bass from Dr Horsehair, tried a FC string from a previous gut set, tried an Aquila bass from my minstrel set, took a nice bass string from a guitar set I…"
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Joel Hooks replied to Chris Prieto's discussion How long do you take to learn a song you haven't heard before?
"Very true John.  As the years of banjo went on and subsequent generations took it up they learned how to write notation better.  By the late 1880s banjo notation specific edits became more or less standard.  By the late 1890s they…"
Jul 21
Strumelia replied to Chris Prieto's discussion How long do you take to learn a song you haven't heard before?
"For tunes i particularly like, I tend to want to play them on more than one type of instrument (banjo, penny whistle, epinette, mtn.dulcimer, and yes bones too I consider an 'instrument').  So I generally approach a new tune by trying…"
Jul 21
John Masciale replied to Chris Prieto's discussion How long do you take to learn a song you haven't heard before?
"I am a pianist, and sight reading has never really been the issue. The challenge is reading between the lines. Which string/position is a better choice?  Are the notes really as written, or are they an approximation?  Some songs I am still…"
Jul 21
Joel Hooks replied to Chris Prieto's discussion How long do you take to learn a song you haven't heard before?
"My sight reading has gotten very good, mostly because I worked at it.  If it is monophonic or has common harmonies I can typically sight read close to speed after "reading" through without a banjo in hand. This is in A notation.…"
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Since early 2014
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Bell Sweeney, Prust boucher, recording king dirty open back

Hello There!

My name is Chris. I am a web developer from San Diego, CA. I play clawhammer and stroke style. I enjoy eating, drinking beer and riding my bike when not playing the banjo. I also dabble in concertina/accordion toonies.

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At 8:32pm on March 23, 2017, Timothy Twiss said…

You are totally killin' it lately. All your tunes are not getting up here, but members should visit your page. You are totally hitting a stride.

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