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Comment by Sonny Bryan on July 4, 2016 at 5:15pm

Clean as a whistle up the neck.....How do you do it, Tim?  Good Independence Day!

Comment by Timothy Twiss on July 4, 2016 at 6:03pm

Aim...and ATTACK

Comment by Sonny Bryan on July 5, 2016 at 8:16am

It's the "landing" I have problems with at times on a fretless.

Comment by Timothy Twiss on July 5, 2016 at 8:29am

There is always some figure in the wood to give you a "spot". Or, use a little tape at first, like a side dot fret marker

Comment by Brian Kimerer on July 5, 2016 at 4:55pm

My banjo neck has a deep curl in it that I use to locate the higher fret locations. It's almost like having (too many) natural fret markers. I still can't play in tune up the neck most of the time, but it does have a lovely figure in it.

Comment by Chris Prieto on July 5, 2016 at 9:47pm

I got a sweeny so I add lil tape dots since I got no ogee, it is however a bit frustrating to watch myself before i have fully learned tune though because the whole time I'm staring at the neck but after a while i can trust myself to get there with a quick glance. And if I focus on my hand position and use my fingers in the most economic manner I am usually a finger away. I often have to slide half a step or so because I have short lil fingers if going past 10th fret but the hand positioning really helps a lot.

The 1886 buckley book is all over the neck which has been quite the challenge.

Comment by Brian Kimerer on July 6, 2016 at 7:52am

I have been trying to learn up the neck with a simple tune, Arkasas Traveler. It goes up to 10. After practicing for a bit I can figure out how to get the notes mostly in tune. But then, the next time I pick up the banjo, that muscle memory is gone, and I have to start over again. I suspect that I will have to put in a few more years of relearning it  before it will stick.

The double ogee does help a lot, and I put one on all my fretless banjos.

Comment by Timothy Twiss on July 6, 2016 at 8:05am

Just gotta keep trying...it works out. Put a Snark on the and work on hitting notes cold to see if you are accurate.

Comment by Brian Kimerer on July 6, 2016 at 7:22pm

I had not thought of playing with a tuner on the instrument. I will have to give that a try.

Comment by Timothy Twiss on July 6, 2016 at 7:43pm

I found it helpful. The mind...sort of plays tricks. A tuner is absolute.

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