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Dec 4.2019

Picky Fingers Podcast: Ryan Cavanaugh - Part 1

Ryan Cavanaugh is best known for his innovative approach to playing jazz on the 5-string banjo, his tenure with legendary saxophonist Bill Evans's band...

Oct 11.2019

Jerry Garcia and The Banjo

It is a convention that the banjo was the first instrument Jerry Garcia focused on, because he wanted to play bluegrass in the style of Earl Scruggs and...

Oct 2.2019

Alternate Tunings For Bluegrass Banjo

Bluegrass banjo is played on a 5 string banjo. The standard tuning is Open G Tuning (G, D, G, B, D). Although the vast majority of bluegrass banjo...

Sep 27.2019

Create Your Own Bluegrass Banjo Breaks

So you’ve been going thru banjo songbooks and YouTube videos, progressing pretty well on a nice collection of bluegrass standards. But now you want...

Sep 19.2019

What Does A Scoop On A Banjo Do?

You might have heard of or seen banjos with "scooped" fingerboards. A banjo with a scooped fingerboard is, usually starting after the 17th fret (the 18th -...

Sep 19.2019

Picky Fingers Podcast: Mike Sumner

Host Keith Billik chats to 2-time Winfield winner Mike Sumner about his influences, career, how he approaches contest playing, and more.

Sep 12.2019

Introducing the San Diego Charity Banjo!

We are so pleased to introduce you to the San Diego Mumford & Sons Charity Banjo. Giving back to the region where all Deering and Goodtime Banjos are made.

Sep 11.2019

What Is A No Knot Tailpiece

A No Knot tailpiece is a type of banjo tailpiece designed around the turn of the 20th century. It was created to solve the problem of having to tie a knot...

Sep 11.2019

Ever Considered a Linseed Oil Finish?

At some point or another we have undoubtedly all experienced playing instruments with satin or gloss finishes, normally favoring one over the other. And...

Sep 6.2019

Celtic Tunes on the 5 String Banjo

The traditional music of Ireland and Scotland is hauntingly beautiful, and once you get an ear for it, you’ll find it hard to resist figuring out the tunes...

Sep 4.2019

Picky Fingers Podcast: Microphone Shootout

In this episode, host Keith Billik compares sound samples from 15 popular microphones from Audio Technica, DPA, EV, Gold Tone, Heil, Line Audio, Sennheiser,...

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