What's the difference between a banjo and a chainsaw?
April 22, 2008 8:39 PM Subscribe
Practicing & Playing Music in Washington DC: Learning the banjo without getting murdered
posted by tmcw to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So... I'm doing a (great) internship in Washington, DC this summer, and I'm currently buying a banjo. I know that opinions on the banjo vary, but I like the sound and the tonal possibilities, and I'm interested in learning another stringed instrument with different techniques than guitar & ukulele.
It's a Deering Goodtime w/ a resonator. I'm almost certainly removing the resonator to reduce the volume that much, but beyond that, what can I do as far as mutes? And how loud do these things really end up being? I'll be living in a subletted room or apt.
Bonus points for ideas on what to do with a banjo and some general knowledge (or a guitar and some advanced knowledge, and a ukulele and some novice knowledge) in the 'big city.'? Up till this point, it's been all dorm rooms, college shows, and once-in-a-blue-moon fantastic jam sessions. Are jams possible? Open mics stupid? Lessons expensive? Places to play nowhere?
Thanks for any information! I'm psyched to learn one of the most interesting/loved/hated/misunderstood instruments on the planet.