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Started by henry b Oct 26, 2010.
Hi Guys , just found this section on here and find it really good . I,ve had my six stringer for a couple of years now and enjoying playing it . Strings are Elixir 10s P/bronze . hb
Norman Blake did some fine flatpicking and fingerpicking on a couple of albums a few years ago. Old Gibson guitar-banjo sounds great in his hands.
Harvey Reid plays with a flat pick as does Taylor Swift. ^ string jo ARE not going to sound exacly like a banjo
Regarding Fred's comment. Irish-style banjo is played with a flat pick rather like lead guitar, seldom strummed unless you want to be deafening. So it goes back to what kind of music you like.
I will second the Alaska Pik recommendation. I've used them for years playing the guitar and guitar-banjo and they provide a consistent, durable interface with great tone. You must trim and shape them for best results.
Please remember that this instrument can be played like a guitar there are several pro's who play wIth a flat PICK
As for fingerpicks, I'd recommend a go with Alaska Piks although not for the thumb. Their advantage is that they allow down-strokes, and it feels a lot like playing without picks.
A lot of people find finger picks strange like paul I use my fingers and a thumb pick I tightened the head to tune G and use med electric guitar strings I use the 5 string banjo tuning high to low (dbgdgd ) and use the first 4 strings for chords and play a kinda Travis style picking up with the first middle and ring fingers and down with my thumb on the first and third strums I also play open back so I can hear what I'm playing better picking harder for more volume . I have played this style in bluegrass and Dixieland bands as well as sole for lots of groups It just a little time to harden the fingers
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