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"Blue Eagle Jail" banjo-style on guitar

Converses' "Blue Eagle Jail" played banjo-style on guitar. I removed the 6th string and replaced it with the 1st string.

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Comment by Paul Draper on June 6, 2015 at 1:05pm
In his Tutor Briggs tells us how to turn our guitars into banjos: take off the 6th string and replace it with the 1st. Thought I'd give it a try for fun.
Comment by Tim Twiss on June 6, 2015 at 1:34pm

Interesting. The tension with downstroke always bugged me. How does it feel to you?

Comment by Strumelia on June 6, 2015 at 2:36pm
You STILL haven't figured out which color to paint that room?
Comment by Paul Draper on June 6, 2015 at 2:49pm
Tim - sloppy, especially on the thumb string. Also there's too much sustain - the notes bleed into each other. Strumelia- choose one, we'll go with that when you come over to help us paint!
Comment by Al Smitley on June 6, 2015 at 4:56pm

Interesting.  I few years ago I bought a cittern and ended up tuning it like a banjo, though not in the same key.   It worked really nicely for some of the slower tunes and Foster stuff.  The higher thumb string turned into less of a drone than a bridge to the higher positions.

Comment by Strumelia on June 6, 2015 at 5:46pm

Sustain.  Not you Paul, but-  It drives me insane to play with guitar players who strum and leave their strings ringing in endless sustain on every chord for everyone to suffer with...every second seems like two minutes...i'm secretly like.. wtf??   =:\

Paul-  Brian and I started fumbling around on Walk Into De Parlor Jig today, at your prior suggestion.  We both like it already.  It's both familiar feeling yet unique and cool.

Comment by Al Smitley on June 6, 2015 at 7:15pm

Sustained strings?  Ever play with multiple hammer dulcimer players?!

Comment by Strumelia on June 6, 2015 at 7:23pm

Yeah it kind of reminds me of that, Al!

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