There are a lot of different types of banjos available, but which one is the best to start out on if you want to play bluegrass? What parts should you look for on the banjo? Where should the banjo be made? What type of banjo is the best to play bluegrass on?
Deering Banjo Company has a custom option of an oil finish for our banjos. We only used boiled linseed oil when this type of finish is requested.
Linseed oil is not a new finish. It has been used for decades to enhance, preserve and protect wood and other surfaces. Linseed oil deeply nourishes the wood while providing a flexible protection that is waterproof and abrasion resistant. This is not to say we want you leaving your banjo out in the rain or whittling on it with your knife! But the boiled linseed oil finish Deering uses on your banjo will protect the wood. This article is to help give you some insights into the finish and how you can best preserve it over the lifetime of your ownership of your precious banjo.
Learning to play the banjo these days is easier than ever. With the popularity of the banjo and acoustic music growing at a record pace, there are more tools to learn with as well as other musicians to play with.
Have you ever looked up the definition of “inspiration?” Here it is: stimulated to do the process of being mentally or feel something, especially to do something creative. And the source of inspiration may be a lot more basic than we think.
There are many outlets with banjos for sale. Many are for new banjos and frequently the discerning banjo enthusiast can find a used banjo at a very appealing “sale” price. But, just as in anything, “let the buyer beware.” When is a used banjo a “good deal” and when is a used banjo just buying someone else’s problems? Let me see if I can give you some tips on what to look for!
To me music is a representation of life. It can be portrayed and represented in so many ways, however in it's purest forms it is an extension of one's personality and interests. I have made it a priority in my musical endeavors to exploit and display these characteristics on an instrument that is somewhat of a newbie to expression; the banjo.
The zombie apocalypse can be a real drag. Luckily, nothing wards off that craving for brains quite like the sound of a 5-string banjo!
From what I have seen, human beings have amazing awareness. This keen awareness is showcased in the subtleties of banjo set up. Adjustments like string height, string spacing measurements, fret height and neck shape combined with bridge height, head tension, tailpiece adjustment make for very unique recipes of individual players banjo sound and “feel”.