Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

Comparing the G/D fretless banjo to the A/E fretted Minstrel banjo. My work is gravitating towards using the fretted. The fretted banjo is inclusive to the repertoire, but the fretless finds its limitations stretched as the music increases in it's complexity. The skin head 6 bracket banjo still has a bit of that clumsy clunk to it, yet it can speed along swiftly. I am most attracted to it. Is this a logical line of developement in Early banjo? I think so.

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Comment by Chris Prieto on August 18, 2017 at 3:47pm
I been playing in A/E a lot as of late due to working on Rice and Buckley books a bunch. I can really dig in better since it slightly tighter than G/D ... more snap
Comment by Timothy Twiss on August 18, 2017 at 4:02pm

I agree about the natural tension it creates. It is noticeable live....the cut it makes.


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