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6-String Banjo Group

For guitarists who love the banjo sound and play 6-string banjos.

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Started by henry b Oct 26, 2010.

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Comment by Paul Race yesterday

Since my last post here, I bought a Rogue 6-string banjo to have a "beach version."  Because it has a wooden pot instead of that pointed aluminum flange I can take the resonator off without endangering anybody.  At any rate, lacking a resonator and tone ring, the sustain is reduced to the point where I can strum it like a guitar (all six strings) and it sounds good.   The DOWN side is that the neck is way narrow, almost like they put a 6-string head on a 4-string neck, so it's hard for me to do my fancy picking patterns - the stubby fingers on my left hand keep deadening adjacent strings.  But the "lesson learned" part here is that an acoustic guitar player who wants to go onto a 6-string banjo without adjusting his playing style may be better off with a backless, wooden pot banjo.  Yes, they all come with resonators, but those come off easily. 

Comment by henry b on September 24, 2013 at 9:20am

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

Comment by Michael Neverisky on August 25, 2013 at 5:43pm


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.

Comment by TheValleyGirl on August 25, 2013 at 4:01pm
I just bought some Alaska Piks to try!
Comment by fred davis on August 25, 2013 at 3:48pm

Harvey Reid plays with a flat pick as does Taylor Swift.  ^ string jo ARE not going to sound exacly like a banjo

Comment by Paul Race on August 25, 2013 at 12:00pm

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.

Comment by Michael Neverisky on August 25, 2013 at 9:46am

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.

Comment by fred davis on August 25, 2013 at 9:22am

Please remember that this instrument can be played like a guitar there are several pro's who play wIth a flat PICK

Comment by TheValleyGirl on August 25, 2013 at 7:57am
Excellent advice. I'm going to work in those techniques today!
Comment by Mark Harwood on August 25, 2013 at 1:02am

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.

 

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