Dienstag, April 19, 2016

New tuning

One thing every beginner of clawhammer banjo hates is the word: "Ok now, let´s do a tune in D." As in the beginnig we (i.e. most of us) use G-tuning only, this means we are supposed to tune the banjo to Double-C and use a capo on the second fret (if you are inclined to melodic clawhammer - of course you can just play the chord progression in D with your banjo tuned to open G, but this is another story). So that´s why I tried to learn some tunes in Double-C-Tuning.
Not long ago I browsed through banjo newsletter and by chance heard the tune Castle Kelly. I really liked the haunting touch of it and bought the tab for this tune. You may browse around on that page to find it. And what shall I say: I had to tune the banjo to fCFCD (which may be f-minor, I´m not shure about that). So this is my third tuning. I tried it anyway and to make the fingering easier I used the capo on second fret. This should lead to g-minor (?).
This is what Rea is sounding like in this weird tuning.
Now I look for other tunes in this tuning. Any help appreciated.

And yes, some day I´ll start in Sandy-River-Bell-Tuning which was taught by Adam Hurt in Gainsborough. But for the time being I´m in to f.

Sonntag, April 17, 2016

"A lot of toe-tapping music ahead"

That´s how Rosanne Cash introduces a documentary about our banjo. Enjoy:

Montag, März 28, 2016

Mark Twain

Dem grandiosen Amerikaner wird ja das folgende Zitat zugeschrieben:
"A gentleman is someone who knows how to play the banjo but prefers not to."
Das muss eine gemeine Fälschung sein.
Ich halte es da lieber mit dem Zitat von Mark Twain, welches ich auf dieser Seite gefunden haben:
"When you want genuine music - music that will come right home to you like a bad quarter, suffuse your system like strychnine whisky, go right through you like Brandreth's pills, ramify your whole constitution like the measles, and break out on your hide like the pin-feather pimples on a picked goose - when you want all this, just smash your piano, and invoke the glory-beaming banjo!"


"Eigentlich wollten wir uns zu Ostern ja nichts schenken...",
aber dann hat mir der Osterhase doch ein Buch mit schönen Fotos aus der Werkstatt von Doc Huff gebracht:

Und noch ein paar Ostereier mehr  ;-)


One of the highlights at the festival in Gainsborough were Evie Ladin and Keith Terry: