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.
We are asked regularly, is Bluegrass style finger picking more difficult than Clawhammer? Is Clawhammer more difficult than finger picking? Is plectrum/tenor style with a flat pick easier than Bluegrass style finger picking?
Our second installment of our Goodtime Styles videos. Find more at goodtimebanjos.com These videos will take you through some of the most popular ways to play the different styles of Goodtime banjos.
It is the night before the big day here at Deering! The early hours of Friday morning will see the arrival of not one, but three new machines that will help us take our production to new giddy heights and meet the ever growing demand for quality, American made banjos. This latest addition to the Deering facility in Spring Valley, CA only serves to highlight the fact that the humble banjo, more than ever is being accepted as a mainstream musical instrument.
We lost another banjo icon this week. Barney McKenna, the last surviving original member of the Irish band the Dubliners passed away unexpectedly in his home.
In the following lesson, we will learn how to take a basic melody, and turn that into a full chord melody arrangement. We are going to use the popular tune "When the Saints Go Marching In" in the key of F as our example.
G, D, G, B, D
The most standard 5-string banjo tuning. This is referred to as "Open G" Tuning because the banjo is tuned to an open G chord, meaning that if you strum the banjo without fingering any of the strings on the neck you will be playing a G chord.