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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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New Must Have Banjo Holiday Stocking “Picks” from Deering!

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 15, 2017 11:55:00 AM / by Kimberly Bean posted in banjo accessories, Christmas, Holidays

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What is Christmas without stocking stuffers? A Christmas stocking can hold plenty of banjo accessories to impress your banjo player with fun gifts to enjoy throughout the year! Pick some of these to round out your season and fill it up!

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Share the Gift Of Music This Holiday Season

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 14, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in Christmas, Email Articles, Holidays

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There is one Christmas that stands out in my memory as my favorite.  I was 14 years old and didn’t ask for anything in particular, but what I found under the tree had the biggest impact on my life, more so than anything else.  It was a banjo.

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Jens Kruger Masterclass - Banjo Tones

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 7, 2017 3:27:02 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in Playing Tips, Jens Kruger, Masterclass

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Learn with master banjoist Jens Kruger how he creates a chorus effect on his acoustic banjo using palm muting. This really opens up the the tone of his banjo and brings his banjo playing in new directions. Check it out in this free masterclass below!

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How To Play a Tremolo On 4 String Banjo

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 1, 2017 3:21:09 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in 4-String Banjo, Tenor Banjo

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The tremolo is a playing technique often used by 4 string banjoists to help give the effect of adding sustain to a note. This effect can add a lot of excitement to your playing and students request this probably more than anything else when learning to play tenor or plectrum banjo. This effect is used on many other instruments as well. You'll hear it very often employed by mandolinists as well.

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Jens Kruger Banjo Masterclass - Fretting The 5th String

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 21, 2017 4:53:46 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in Playing Tips, Jens Kruger, Masterclass

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Jens Kruger debunks the the theory that you should not fret the 5th string on a 5 string banjo. Instead, watch this video to learn how to use it to your advantage and take your playing to a new level!

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Why Fret Wear Could Be Hindering Your Progress

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 10, 2017 3:36:54 PM / by Jamie Latty posted in Frets, service center

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I don't know about you, but one of the greatest joys I get from playing and owning a banjo is taking it out of the case and simply admiring it for a few moments before I play. In particular, I like to look at the intricacies of the inlays in the fingerboard. But then I notice something horrendous on the frets! 

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Alison Brown Banjo Masterclass - Left Hand Position For Chord Melodies

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 9, 2017 3:35:09 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in Playing Tips, Alison Brown, Julia Belle

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In this class, Alison Brown talks about using the correct left hand position when playing chord melodies. Chord melodies are a technique often used by jazz and classical guitarists, pianists, and 4 string banjo players. They are not utilized enough on the 5 string banjo. By using them they can provide beautiful and rich music and tones coming out of the banjo and can be a nice change of pace from the rapid fire delivery of notes we are used to hearing from the 5 string banjo.

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