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For enthusiasts of early banjo
Demonstration and explanation of tuning the fretless banjo to the key of E/A.
My gourd banjo sounds thinner and less resonant when tuned up higher than low F or G.
My Hartel and my Bell Stichter both also sound more beautiful and resonant to me in G/D than in A/E.
Aside from physical tension of the strings, head, etc... maybe it's just personal and relative, how we perceive which key sounds 'better' on our banjos?
I like Union Spring Jig, however, and it's do-able.
Depends on the repertoire...like I was saying, fast moving lines, chords, and double -stops work good with increased tension. That seems to be how the music developed
Gotta get the snap!
I can definitely understand the benefit from less bounce and resonance... more quick response and snappier... when playing the tutors' guitar style or more notey/chordy stuff, as the 5 string headed into classic banjo... even into the ragtime era (still before tenor banjo). A player's preferred speed also very much comes into play I'd think.
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