We are pleased to premier the first track of the upcoming Special Consensus record Rivers and Roads, that features Special C' banjo player, Greg Cahill, on Alison Brown's new Deering Julia Belle banjo! This first song is a John Hartford tune "Way Down the River Road"!
At Deering, we fully encourage and welcome our customers to call us with any questions they may have. A lot of the people we are fortunate enough to speak to are newcomers to the banjo. Often, they are newcomers to playing any kind of musical instruments.
Remember those old Hollywood musicals? You know, the ones about “a boy and a girl and a cast of thousands of musicians playing great music”? Believe it or not, that's the story of the Goodtime banjo! It’s Greg and Janet Deering and all of YOU as the cast of thousands who have made up the story of 20 years of Goodtime banjos. But to better understand the story, let’s go back, way back to the beginning…(cue the cameras, start the fog machine, and travel back with me to the start of the adventure).
If you are new to banjo, welcome! If you are anything like many fellow beginning banjo players, you likely deal with one or more of these common issues.
Learn how to properly adjust the action of your banjo via the coordinator rods. Deering's Quality Control Manager Chad Kopotic will take you through this step by step. Adjusting your coordinator rods will keep the string action on your banjo at the correct height which will make playing your banjo easier. It can also keep your banjo sounding new as you want to make sure the pot and the neck have a firm connection and haven't worked their way loose.
Greg and Janet Deering are hosting a series of banjo workshops at various Deering dealers across Europe and the UK. Will they be visiting a store near you?
Melodic style banjo is a style of 3 finger 5 string banjo playing that was created in the early 1960’s by banjoists such as Bill Keith and Bobby Thompson so that they could play note for note fiddle melodies. While Scruggs style is the most popular style of playing the 5 string banjo and gives great drive to bluegrass playing, this style does have its limitations. Mainly that you cannot play melodies note for note that are very intricate such as fiddle tunes.
Single string playing on the 5 string banjo is a style that was originally popularized by players such as Don Reno and Eddie Adcock. This style of banjo playing, while still utilizing 3 fingers (thumb and 2 fingers) with fingerpicks on them emulates what you play when playing guitar with a flatpick. Players such as Bela Fleck, Noam Pikelny, and Ryan Cavanaugh have taken the single string technique to new levels.
We are excited to travel across the pond next month to Huddersfield, England for our 11th annual Banjo event with Eagle Music Shop!
Whether you are new to playing the banjo or you are a seasoned player, when learning new chord shapes you more than likely will be challenged making your fingers move from one chord position to another from time to time. This can be frustrating, but take solace in the fact that it is completely normal. It can sometimes feel like you will never be able to change in time with the music, but by being patient and using some of the following tips, you’ll will soon be making chord changes as smooth as silk.