When it comes to Irish tenor banjo, it is hard to define exactly what type of banjo that is. Yes, it is a four string tenor banjo. But is it a 17-fret or a 19-fret? Does it have a resonator or is it open back? How is it tuned - standard tenor tuning C, G, D, A or Irish tuning G, D, A, E? After spending years playing and talking to Irish tenor banjo players, going to Irish sessions, even traveling to Ireland to watch and listen, I have determined that there is no exact standard although there are some generalizations.
Folks who are thinking about buying a banjo often ask us the question, “ how many strings on a banjo? ”
"What is the best 5th string banjo capo?" This is one of the most common questions we get asked here at the Deering Banjo Company.
The topic of classic banjo recordings from the early 1900s came up recently as a customer called a few weeks ago asking what banjo he should buy that would help him recreate the sound of that era.
The quest for that certain banjo sound has been discussed and written about for decades. But the language of the “mechanics of banjo sound” has not always been consistent or even relevant to the task. A common problem is hearing someone else play a banjo, and then you want a banjo that “sounds like that one”.
"Can you play clawhammer banjo on a resonator banjo?" It's a question that comes up fairly often both on online forums and out in the public. The answer is yes, of course, because a 5 string banjo is a 5 string banjo. The real question is should you play clawhammer banjo on a banjo with a resonator? Is it okay?
Let David Holt guide you through 5 of Deering's most popular openback banjos!
At some point or another we have undoubtedly all experienced playing instruments with satin or gloss finishes, normally favoring one over the other. And while satin and gloss finishes are always popular among Deering enthusiasts, we frequently have customers looking for a banjo but who prefer the feel of bare wood over a satin or gloss finish. Linseed oil is perfect for creating that natural wood feel while still being able to offer some protection and Deering has begun using it on some limited models this year.
Traditionally, banjo fingerboards have been flat surfaces, just like classical guitars. Steel string guitars have traditionally been built with fingerboards that have a shallow radius across the width of the fingerboard.
A friend of mine of 30 years called me a few days ago and told me he had finally ordered himself a beautiful custom Hartford banjo. Our conversation brought to mind a reality of life that struck me. It was thought provoking to realize how much of our lives are spent wishing and waiting.