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Michelle
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posted 05 February 2005 08:25 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I want a banjo. I really want a banjo. I've been told that the strings on a banjo are tuned the same as the four highest-pitched strings of a guitar. Since I can chord on a guitar, I could probably pick up the banjo relatively quickly.

What musical instrument do you wish you could have, or could play?


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James
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posted 05 February 2005 08:31 PM      Profile for James        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Aren't there both 4-string and 5-string banjos?

On your generic questions, I'd love to have a piano, or even a keyboard, but a guitar would do. Those are the only intruments I've played. Oh, and sometimes, when my neighbour is really pissing me off, I've wished for a set of bagpipes. ( I love the pipes, but I don't know how to play them, so the learning process would be suitable retribution)

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Michelle
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posted 05 February 2005 08:39 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh gee...(blush)...immediately a bagpipe joke came to mind and then my musical snobbery thread made me feel guilty. I really dislike the pipes, so I would feel for your neighbour. However, I love the accordian, and it's an instrument everyone loves to hate, so there you go.
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f1 dad
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posted 05 February 2005 10:55 PM      Profile for f1 dad     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I wish I had my old tenor sax back. It was in the trunk of my car when a very large truck hit me from behind and squished it. I have a cheap alto, but it isn't the same.

My wish list for instruments would also include a Hammond B3 organ, a Fender Rhodes electric piano, a cello, some sort of an electric guitar setup with a wah pedal, a TB303 synth, and I'd be happy with a banjo too. If only I had 30 grand to burn on musical instruments and the time to enjoy all of them.

Speaking of the banjo, I got curious and did some googling and it looks like the standard tuning for a 4-string banjo is in fifths like a violin or cello, and the standard tuning for a 5-string is an open G-chord. Although it seems banjo players tend to screw around with alternate tunings a lot more than guitarists. Can any banjoistas confirm this?


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posted 05 February 2005 11:06 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've got a 5-string banjo and I can play some very basic things on it. I'm getting there. Almost.

For what I would love to own/play. The sitar. <3 is my only expression for that instrument.


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No Yards
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posted 05 February 2005 11:08 PM      Profile for No Yards   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Actually the bagpipes are the instrument I would most like to be able to play (both the Scottish and Irish pipes ... I can understand someone not liking the Scotish pipes, but no one can hate the Irish bagpipes.)

The banjo, at least the 5 string one is actually tuned to an open "G" (normally anyway) so on can play a cord simply by struming the open string ... the 4 string I am not sure how they tune those things, I believe it may be like a mandolin or fiddle (the same as the fist four strings on a guitar, only upside down.)


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posted 05 February 2005 11:13 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The four string...If I remember correctly...Is tuned like a steel guitar fucking a mandolin.

At least my banjo has a regular...I can't remember the term.


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chimo
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posted 05 February 2005 11:34 PM      Profile for chimo        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
classical guitar & classical piano. nothing original there i guess.
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thorin_bane
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posted 06 February 2005 03:07 PM      Profile for thorin_bane     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
any of the instuments I own(and the pipes!!) I have a piano, a penny whistle(c pitch I think), a recorder, a harmonica, 3 guitars which I can barely play, bass guitar which I sold to my cousin cheap, Violin, and the drum set I gave away. Don't like the banjo, gives me too many bad flashback of hee-haw.
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Hailey
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posted 06 February 2005 08:08 PM      Profile for Hailey     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My husband is very talented musically. I'm pretty much limited to singing and playing the piano or guitar by ear. He can pick an instrument and get a real for it very quickly. He's also been fortunate enough to have friends from other countries and plays a number of musical instruments from those countries..ood, tabla, etc
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posted 06 February 2005 08:17 PM      Profile for paxamillion   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sax would be my choice -- alto and soprano.
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maestro
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posted 06 February 2005 08:25 PM      Profile for maestro     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Biggest difference between 4-string and 5-string banjo's is the fifth string is a drone string. It is shorter than the other strings, and is lighter guage.

If you wanted to play jazz or such, a 4-string would be more friendly, while the 5-string is used pretty much for bluegrass style playing.

Having said that, people use instruments in many different ways, and the banjo is probably no exception.


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James
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posted 06 February 2005 08:32 PM      Profile for James        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by maestro:
Biggest difference between 4-string and 5-string banjo's is the fifth string is a drone string...

Thanks maestro, I thought that the distinction was something like that when I posted the "5-string; 4-string" query. Had hoped an expert would soon chime in. Glad that you have.


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clersal
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posted 06 February 2005 08:35 PM      Profile for clersal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Mandolin. Did play it. Still can.
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James
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posted 06 February 2005 08:38 PM      Profile for James        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
So neat. Tiptoe through the Tulips, .... I got an earworm of that one as soon as someone mentioned mandolin on this thread yesterday.
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posted 06 February 2005 08:42 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Tiptoe through the tulips - I saw Tiny Tim do this when he first appeared on Ed Sullivan. Didn't know it was possible for a man to have such a high falsetto voice

Mandolin - listened to Rod Stewart's "Mandolin Wind" yesterday. Good stuff.


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James
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posted 06 February 2005 08:53 PM      Profile for James        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Boom Boom:
I saw Tiny Tim do this when he first appeared on Ed Sullivan.

I watched that show, too. Struck me as "wierd" at the time, but it was a time when we were conditioned to expect something "new and wierd" every week.


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posted 06 February 2005 08:56 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You'd also remember Rowan and Martin, and the Smothers Brothers, too. I miss Ed Sullivan. And Topo Giglo, the Italian mouse.
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ShyViolet
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posted 06 February 2005 09:31 PM      Profile for ShyViolet     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
an oboe. i've always wanted to learn to play it. i tried to switch to oboe multiple times in hs but the director would never let me.
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posted 06 February 2005 09:38 PM      Profile for HeywoodFloyd     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
We learned to fiddle last year. Still want to learn the uilleann pipes.
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posted 06 February 2005 09:47 PM      Profile for No Yards   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by maestro:
Biggest difference between 4-string and 5-string banjo's is the fifth string is a drone string. It is shorter than the other strings, and is lighter guage.

If you wanted to play jazz or such, a 4-string would be more friendly, while the 5-string is used pretty much for bluegrass style playing.

Having said that, people use instruments in many different ways, and the banjo is probably no exception.



Jazz 5-string banjo is incredible, check out Bela Fleck if you ever get the chance!

The other main difference between 4 and 5 string is that the 4 string is usually strummed or picked with a flat pick, and the 5 string is almost exclusively played with finger picks.


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posted 08 February 2005 01:44 AM      Profile for candle     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by f1 dad:
My wish list for instruments would also include a Hammond B3 organ, a Fender Rhodes electric piano, a cello, some sort of an electric guitar setup with a wah pedal, a TB303 synth, and I'd be happy with a banjo too.


I'm with you on the Hammond B3 organ and the cello. I love the sound of both. I presently only play electric bass (well I fool around on the bass). The B3 has such a great sound. I downloaded Rancid playing "Under the Red Hot Moon" on Conan and Vic from the Slackers was a monster on it. Also, Mike Watt's "The Secondman's Middle Stand" features a B3. As for the cello, it has to be the most beautiful instrument out there.


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posted 08 February 2005 02:10 AM      Profile for chimo        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
... add south-american guitar. i'd play some antonio lauro & augustin barrios-mangore
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posted 08 February 2005 02:27 AM      Profile for siren72     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
i have a piano & a guitar and i play them both, but i completely agree with the B3 and the cello! i would LOVE to have a B3, and playing the cello would be a dream. i'd also love to play the harp, the mandolin and assorted african percussion.
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I once saw a mandolin made with the shell of an armadillo. Pretty weird.

If I had my druthers, and my youth to relive, I would stick with the piano lessons.

If you aspire to be a composer, the piano is really the best instrument to know. It's not impossible to compose on guitar, say, but because the piano allows you to play the melody and the bass simultaneously, you can put together a song without worrying about chord structure. The structure can come afterward.

Using a guitar almost forces you into creating a chord pattern, then building a melody line. The effect of this is to limit the melody line to something that makes sense within the chord sounds, rather than allowing the line to go where it will (please realize that I am speaking in generalities - many people have composed perfectly acceptable songs on guitar).

However, for myself, I really do wish I could play piano as a journeyman.


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posted 08 February 2005 01:00 PM      Profile for kingblake     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A friend and I once spent a couple of days trying to build a theremin, but it just never really materialized.

The accordian is pretty cool, but I just wish i could play my guitar a bit better.

My dad used to play the banjo, and I think if he could do it, so could you Michelle. The only problem is that it exploded one night. In the middle of the night, we heard a crazy explosion come from our living room downstairs. Turns out every (4 or 5) string had broken off and made the most hideous sound. That's when my dad decided to take up the mandolin.

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posted 08 February 2005 02:11 PM      Profile for thorin_bane     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
also wouldn't mind a lute or a dulcimer
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