Making your Banjo Complete
Back when Earl Scruggs was making Bluegrass banjo hot, he
had songs that he played where he would tune the strings for
effect. These songs were part of his best
work. Not everyone could do it because most people
lacked the equipment necessary to tune the notes accurately.
There are tuners designed with locking screws that will
allow you to lock in the high and low note of the
bend. The best on the market is Keith Banjo Tuners. These are appearing more and more wherever
you find bluegrass musicians.
I recently purchased a set
of the Keith Banjo Tuners and I
can see why I had heard so much about them; they are great. They come in
stainless steel and gold plated. You can deal with
Bill Keith (creator of the Melodic Banjo Style) directly and
he can even match his tuner buttons to your existing tuners. It is only necessary to buy the second and third
string tuners. If you order a set of these from
Bill, please tell him that Warren Yates recommended
them to you. You may purchase Keith Banjo Tuners
by contacting Bill at Tel:
(845) 679-8314 or email him by clicking
my video example
Warren Yates Method of Playing Bluegrass Banjo for Beginners
September 2002, I did a story on "How
to Find Musicians in Your Area". This time I would like
to talk about bringing them together.
region of North Carolina where I live, there are jam sessions all around. The
problem is that the closest one is 25 miles away. There are
musicians that are not willing (or don't have the time) to drive the distance;
therefore, missing out. If there is no place close to meet,
then we are likely not to know about each other. If the
musicians are 25 miles to each side in four directions, then they
are 50 miles from each other however you see it. If they could
only meet here.
the idea that I had a while back. I started looking for a place
like a mall or business that might like the traffic and the
calling card that a jam session would offer. The problem
was that there were no places large enough to accommodate a crowd that was
available at ideal times. One day, while at the park with
my wife and children, I was racking my brain to think of a place for
a jam session. Suddenly, I
looked up and there it was. A huge covered picnic area with light beams
shining down from heaven and angels singing "Laaaaaa"! Well maybe
I am exaggerating a little, but it was a great place.
day I called the County Parks and Recreation Dept. and asked how much it
would cost me to rent it for a day. I didn't know how I was
going to pay for it, but it was worth a try. They had one
of their directors contact me to see what kind of idea I had.
After a few conversations, the huge picnic shelter was allocated
for Hickory's "Bluegrass in the Park" at no
cost to me. The only thing that I was responsible for was gathering all of the information that I could,
handing out fliers, and inviting all of the musicians that I could on that
discussed possible growth if this initial session turns out to be successful. There
is no limit to what it could
turn into. They told me that if the interest was there, we
would hold the event every month, have professional groups from
time to time, an annual fiddler's convention, and maybe even build
an amphitheater in the future. (Be careful what you ask for,
you might just get it.)
is, take a challenge and see what happens. If you want
Bluegrass to grow, give it a little help. If any of you live
in the western part of North Carolina, please make plans to visit
the Henry Fork River Recreation Park on April 25, 2004 at 1:00.
If no one shows up, I will be standing there all by
here for details for "Bluegrass in the Park"
How to play "Clinch
Mountain Back Step"
In my visiting jam sessions in the area, I
ran across a 13 year old boy named Aaron Clark that taught
me this next segment. The following tab was done in a
program called Guitar Pro. Download your 30 day trial
version at http://www.guitar-pro.com
and then open this example. You can also download free
samples or other songs at http://www.mysongbook.com/
This opens up new ways to learn. I am also going to
start using video clips as an aid to learning on this
site. Click here
to view the Windows Media file. Click here to open the
The new "Transcribe!" software
allows you to slow CDs down to a 1/2, even 1/4 speed, without
affecting the pitch. It will help you to understand what is
going on in the music. Download
a Free 30 Day Trial.
Here and learn more.