Classic Banjo
May 12, 2003 5:45 AM   Subscribe

The Classic Banjo Resource.
posted by hama7 (10 comments total)
This is great, hama7. Thanks :).

(But can you play the spoons?)
posted by plep at 6:13 AM on May 12, 2003

Great link. I am learning to play the banjo at the moment - although I am leaning more towards bluegrass style. Because, after all, banjo players get ALL the ladies.
posted by bradth27 at 7:05 AM on May 12, 2003

Nicely. Banjo is next on my list of instruments to pick up, though I've still a ways to go with my guitar and uke before I'll get a chance to learn it.

And Bradth: Why did you mislead me? You said it was Uke players who get all the ladies! (Or at least the best ones!)
posted by kaibutsu at 7:24 AM on May 12, 2003

kaibutsu- You sound like me... I started going through musical instruments a few years back... when I was growing up, I was told by a music teacher that if I intended to learn guitar, I would have to learn it right-handed. I picked around on one for a few years by myself, and then turned to drums - because, after all, drummers get all the chics.

So now - in my thirties - I am trying to learn all the instruments I can in the shortest amount of time. The banjo is my current project, and the mandolin is next.
posted by bradth27 at 7:57 AM on May 12, 2003

Oh, and kaibutsu, or anyone else interested in the the banjo...
An excellent resource on the web is Banjo Hangout. They have tabs, classifieds, free lessons, lively message boards, listings of pickers in your area, and lots of info for the beginner to the advanced player.
posted by bradth27 at 8:05 AM on May 12, 2003

Excellent! I just picked up a new set of strings the other day, and was looking for a new site from which to download tabs, etc.

And for those who are learning (as I am myself): Reading about how to play clawhammer banjo doesn't make a whole lot of sense. You really need someone to physically show you. Once done, a bit of practice will have you sounding just like the old timers.

Which is the amazing thing about the banjo. It produces an extraordinary, complex sound with great economy. Though it sounds like a player is picking furiously, it's usually little more than a simple clawhammer motion.
posted by aladfar at 8:41 AM on May 12, 2003

i've had a tenor banjo for about 15 years. Still don't know how to play. Every banjo teacher i've run into only teaches 5-string and just gives me a sad, sad look. Ah well. Its a family heirloom.

looking for someone who can teach Tenor Banjo & Accordian at the same time--or at least in 30 minute blocks. i've a short attention span i guess. Thanks for the links!
posted by th3ph17 at 10:07 AM on May 12, 2003


I've been playing for about three years, and, yeah, it's impressive what you can get out of some simple picking techniques. I know some crazy oldtimer banjo dudes who can get their Scruggs on, and it's a sight (er, sound) to behold -- but even my slow fingers seem to impress the non-banjoists I know.
posted by cortex at 12:58 PM on May 12, 2003

Well... I assumed that there would not be a single member of Metafilter who played the banjo..... guess I was wrong. If any of you are in my area, there is a bluegrass festival this weekend in Atlanta Texas. Let me know, and I'll meet you there.
posted by bradth27 at 4:04 PM on May 12, 2003

I love the tenor banjo, riverboat Dixieland style.

If you're looking for the best of both worlds, ukelele and banjo people need look no further, because everybody loves the:

Banjo Ukelele!
posted by hama7 at 4:44 PM on May 12, 2003

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