Recently, Spotify removed a recording of the song Rocky Top by the Osborne Brothers (listed as "Rocky Top (Original Version)") from their library and I desperately want to find another copy. It's not the single version because it has a fiddle instead of steel guitar. I'm pretty sure it's a studio recording. [more inside]
I've been listening to a lot of Pete Seeger since he died. What other old time banjo players might I like? I'm not looking for fast rolls, finger picks, bluegrass style. I'm looking for frailing, clawhammer, and plaintive melodies. This sort of thing.
I'm wanting to take a banjo on a (domestic) United flight to Honolulu soon. The banjo fits the letter of the law (dimensions etc) for fitting it into the overhead locker, but I'm concerned that flight crew may want us to check it. Musicians of Metafilter, what are your tips and wisdom for getting a banjo on board a United aircraft as hand-luggage?
There are a number of instructors who offer banjo lessons over Skype. Does anyone have a personal recommendation? I am interested mainly in bluegrass style, though would be open to other styles if the instructor is strong. (I currently live in South Asia, so local lessons do not seem feasible.)
I have an inordinate crush on songs like Sufjan Steven's "For the Widows of Paradise" and in general love the sound of clawhammer/frailing banjo. Can you help me find more not-strictly-traditional music featuring clawhammer banjo? [more inside]
I think it's a cover of "Hall of the Mountain King" by Rainbow, sung by a female singer with banjo accompaniment. Unfortunately, I don't know who it was. [more inside]
How good a banjo player is Steve Martin? [more inside]
Looking for a list of old-timey popular standard songs to play (guitar/banjo/mandolin/harmonica, etc) with friends in the living room while we drink beer and let the kids jump around. [more inside]
I'm trying to identify a bluegrass-style banjo tune that was meant to sound like the honks of geese. I seem to remember the recording I heard was by the brother of a more famous player.
I need help finding uptempo contemporary/progressive bluegrass tracks for my running playlist. [more inside]
Yes, I'm burning my question on this: Hi Memphis, TN, is there any old-time music jams happening Friday through Tuesday nights? Preferably Sunday/Monday nights? [more inside]
Where can I get a print/poster of an Annie Leibovitz photo? Specifically the second one on this page. I know it is in a book of collected works, but I'm looking for something a little larger to hang on a wall. It seems a little odd that it wouldn't be available somehow, but that seems to be the case. Is there something about such high caliber photographers' work that I don't know about?
I would like to insure my musical instruments. [more inside]
I bought a banjo! How do I get better at picking? [more inside]
Did you start learning to play an instrument in your 20s? I guess I have this feeling like it's Too Late for me! [more inside]
Help me identify this banjo-like instrument from China. [more inside]
I have been thinking about getting a banjolele, or possibly a tenor banjo, and I am looking for suggestions. [more inside]
I am starting a new Kickstarter fund to record an album. Need input for ideas on where to perform. [more inside]
What to look out for when buying a banjo? [more inside]
Need info on my banjo [more inside]
Can anyone recommend some good resources - DVDs, websites, or books - for learning clawhammer/old-time banjo? I don't live anywhere near a teacher, and am starting from scratch with essentially no musical background. [more inside]
Any recommendations for banjo lessons in Houston? [more inside]
Clevelandfilter: Who gives good beginner banjo lessons in Cleveland? [more inside]
I need songs for my sister's wedding. Not just any songs, though.... [more inside]
Can I learn how to play the banjo via the guitar? How? [more inside]
Is it a grand gesture to anonymously give a woman I think is beautiful a banjo? At the beginning of this semester, I briefly was in a relationship with a woman who I cared a great deal about. It didn’t end well, and really, it couldn’t have ended well. We have nothing in common. But as it is, I still think she is beautiful, and I’d like to do something truly grand, both to make this world a better (albeit stranger) place, and to give myself some closure. [more inside]
My band does a great cover of St. James Infirmary Blues. What else should we do that's in the same vein? [more inside]
Help me make 'Cripple Creek' more R-rated. [more inside]
Help identify a music video I recently saw on MTV Europe...70s style video with a female lead singer and a banjo? [more inside]
I have just been gifted a beloved and much missed late relative's 8-string banjo mandolin. The relative bought the instrument (used) in the early-mid 1970s and died soon after. Despite googling the universe I cannot find out anything about the instrument or maker. On the head it says "Wayne" in a horizontal scroll and then vertically underneath, "Dixie". I'd love to know more about the instrument. Anyone heard of Wayne Dixie banjo mandolins?
A bid of a wild side multi-layered question. Learning the banjo. And doing so in Shanghai. Most people who travel (younger free-spirited types, work with me here) sling a guitar over their shoulder. [more inside]
How do I transpose guitar sheet music, not tabs, into banjo sheet music?
Need help on frailing banjo shit [more inside]
Help me find the Peanuts cartoon in which Linus says "The way I see it, as soon as a baby is born he should be issued a banjo!" [more inside]
How can I store my banjo long-term to preserve the best possible sound? I have a hard case (not a soft "gig bag") and the instrument is in a dark closet. We keep the humidity between 40-55% whenever possible... [more inside]
Would it be way too expensive to get some minor work (installing railroad spikes) done on my banjo... in Washington, DC? (vs. 'the suburbs' ?) If not, any recommendations of general instrument guru shop guys? [more inside]
Looking to buy a banjo. [more inside]
Dentures dentures dentures! In stage one of getting dentures, what should I expect in the weeks to come? [more inside]
Is a banjo-uke tuned like a banjo or tuned like a uke? [more inside]
Practicing & Playing Music in Washington DC: Learning the banjo without getting murdered [more inside]
BanjoBearFilter: Where online can I order a teddy bear (or other plush animal) holding a banjo? [more inside]
I'm a sucker for the "dying but smiling" feeling I get from the sound of a banjo. What modern/recent songs have banjo in them? I'm looking for things that don't fall neatly under the category of bluegrass - a pop/rock/alternative song that just happens to have a banjo rather than Bela Fleck/String Cheese Incident/Cherryholmes type stuff.
What if Getz and Gilberto were, you know, cousins? Would they still have made beautiful music together? [more inside]
Banjo Filter: Looking for great foot-stompin', lightnin-pickin' songs, a la Phillip Roebuck's "Pocket Knife", etc. Suggestions? [more inside]
Friend just got a banjo and I want to get her a banjo-related gift. Li'l help? [more inside]
I'm looking for artists/songs that sound like the slide-guitar/banjo intro to KMFDM's WWIII. I'm not really very familiar with bluegrass (is that even the right genre?) outside Bill Monroe, and none of his stuff sounds much like this.
I have recently been turned on to bluegrass, and am especially in awe of banjo players. I play guitar and would love to add banjoesque picking techniques to my arsenal, and assume other players have already done so. Are there any guitarists who employ banjo picking patterns? Online instruction, tabs, &c.?
I recently purchased a new neck for my banjo and am now filled with anxiety about installing it - that's major surgery! I'm especially confused about the truss rod. [more inside]
How easy is it to learn to pay the banjo? [more inside]
How do I get rid of stiffness from my fingers? [more inside]
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