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.
Banjo lessons from a qualified teacher will accelerate your progress much faster than learning by purely trial and error. To make the most of your banjo lessons, there are several facets that if adhered to, will further accelerate your progress.
I wanted to write a note to all of our customers and dealers with whom I’ve worked for the last 20 years and say….Thank you.
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”.
Many new people wanting to play banjo often ask the question, "Are banjos expensive?" We break this down to prove how this assessment is so wrong.
One of the greatest aspects of my job is getting to talk with people from all walks of life and from many different enthusiasms of the music business. It’s wonderful hearing top professionals play banjo and asking them questions about how they do what they do. It’s also terrific to meet with talented amateurs and find out some of their techniques and ideas about playing banjo.
While we all make New Year’s resolutions that are relevant to our own lives, I would like to offer a suggestion for a New Year’s resolution relevant to all banjo players.
A common question we receive is how long will it take to learn the banjo? A customer called the other day and proclaimed that he was having trouble catching on to the banjo. In particular, he was having trouble making chords with his fretting hand. Our customer service rep asked how long he’d been playing the banjo? “A month” was the response.
I recently heard from a customer who was concerned to learn that our Goodtime Six 6 string banjo was designed for ball end strings. His concern was that loop end strings gave more of a “banjo sound” than the ball end strings. Since our Goodtime Six was designed for ball and strings he felt he could never get a true banjo sound.