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Why Your First Banjo Should Be A Goodtime

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 8, 2018 12:05:00 AM / by Barry Hunn posted in Email Articles, Goodtime

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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.

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How To Adjust Your Banjo's Coordinator Rods

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 7, 2018 11:39:00 AM / by David Bandrowski posted in Your Deering

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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.

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Deering Meet The Maker Workshops in Europe and the UK! 

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 21, 2018 6:35:46 PM / by Jamie Latty posted in Event

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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?

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What is Melodic Style Banjo?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 2, 2018 3:29:19 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in how to play the banjo, Melodic Style

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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.

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A Beginners Guide To Single String Playing On the 5 String Banjo

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 19, 2018 1:14:48 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in How To Play, Single String

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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.

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Deering Banjos Comes to the UK in February!

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 19, 2018 12:29:38 PM / by Jamie Deering posted in Event

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We are excited to travel across the pond next month to Huddersfield, England for our 11th annual Banjo event with Eagle Music Shop!

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Tips To Help Banjoists Change From Chord To Chord

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 9, 2018 5:03:29 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in Playing Tips, Playing the banjo, chords

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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.

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Ear Training: The Importance Of Hearing the Difference Between the I, IV, and V Chord

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 29, 2017 12:16:29 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in Playing Tips

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No matter the genre of music (Western Music as opposed to Eastern music such as Indian), the I, IV, and V chord are the most fundamental and widely used chords. This is especially true in American musical forms as the blues is at the root of most American music and a basic 12 bar blues consists of a I, IV, and a V chord.

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Merry Christmas From Greg & Janet Deering

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 21, 2017 10:36:53 PM / by Jamie Latty posted in Christmas

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Greg and Janet Deering wanted to take a moment to send a special message to all of our incredible customers and to the banjo world at large!

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Quel Bordel performs Christmas Song "Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit". [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 19, 2017 4:39:19 PM / by Jamie Latty posted in quel bordel

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Quel Bordel invaded the Deering lobby last week for a special rendition of "Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit".  Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit is a Filipino Christmas song which, as Aaron explains at the start of the video means "Christmas is Here". 

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