The Bluegrass Situation is roots culture redefined and does one thing particularly well: they cover good music. It is that time of year where they bring their musical finds together and put on a hell of a bash featuring several of their favorite bands at The LA Bluegrass Situation! Will you be there?
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.
We can feel the excitement in the air as the final preparations for our 40th Anniversary Celebration & Benefit Concert aboard the Star of India Ship are completed...and boy do we have some monumental surprises in store for you!
I was in a conversation the other day where a musician said to me, “I decided not to play banjo in our band because we don’t want to ‘look like’ we’re imitating Mumford and Sons.”
The “wire” for instruments is called music wire. This name does have industrial meaning because it denotes the alloy, temper, hardness, resilience, and tensile strength of the wire, as compared to electrical wire, copper wire, etc.
We all have our heroes - folks we admire and want to imitate. Whether it is choosing their running shoes, their golf clubs, or their instruments, we feel that part of their success comes about because of the choices they have made. When it comes to professional musicians, their instrument is also their livelihood. This means the standards for a professional are particular, personal, demanding, and discerning - much like any person who wants to be at their best. So why would a professional choose Deering for his/her banjo?
What a great time of year! We have the time to reflect on the events of 2014 and look forward with excitement to a world of possibilities for 2015. Let’s resolve to make 2015 the Year of the Banjo! How can we make this happen? Let’s see what happened in 2014 that can make this 2015 resolution a lot easier.
As the new guy on the Deering sales team, I thought that it would be appropriate for me to write about my transition from playing the guitar to now learning to play the banjo. I have been playing guitar for many years both personally and professionally, always making it a fun experience because of my love for the instrument. I’m the type of person that enjoys continually learning more about my instrument, whether it’s practicing new scales, learning a new tune, or attempting to learn a completely new genre of music. I believe that you can always continue to improve your talents, and that it’s never too late to start learning something new!
We make left handed banjos here at Deering! I know…you thought it was a rumor, a joke, a myth, but it is actually true! And it isn’t an accident… we do it on purpose!!
amateur (n.) - 1784, "one who has a taste for (something)," from French amateur "lover of," from Latin amatorem (nominative amator) "lover," agent noun from amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an adjective, by 1838.