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Introducing my latest toy.....It is either a six string banjo or a Banjoguitar...no-one in the shop (store to you across the water) could quite make up their minds......I know that I have a modelled banjo on my Variax 700...BUT when I played this it just made me laugh because it is the real deal,well sounds wise and you have to play it like a banjo,less is better and if you try to rush it it sounds awful cos' you are essentially playing a strung snare drum. Anyway I came up with this little number this afternoon....and then found that it is a b*****d to record as well because it supplies so much noise that what suited other acoustics needed to be rethought....and my recording skills are rudimentary at best..but with perseverance,the odd swear word and the usual ones as well I managed to get this down ....so for your utter underwhelment I present ...um Banjobreakin Blues....CJ

p.s. about half way through I changed from fingerpicking to a plectrum.....I may try some thumb picks...any ideas banjoists....if you'll even speak to me ?
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Uploaded: Oct 12, 2010 - 01:59:01 PM
Last Updated: Oct 12, 2010 - 02:05:33 PM Last Played: Jan 25, 2016 - 07:32:45 PM
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sloparts said 2600 days ago (October 12th, 2010)
How cool Chris
Love that you have the will to try the new and different stuff. You did a very good job of it too. Not sure if I like the Pick of the finger pickin' better, but it's all good.

As for a thumb pick, if you do use one you might also want to try using finger picks as well. The finger picks will give a nice bright sound to the instrument once you figure out how to use them. Never played a banjo, but on a Pedal steel they are essential.

Keep up the good work Chris, your making me proud. Next thing ya know, you'll be doing a bunch of Bluegrass songs, which would be very cool indeed.

Ed
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Jarvoid said 2596 days ago (October 16th, 2010)
Well I did
not think that there would be a great deal of trouble playing an instrument that was basically played the same as a guitar,but I have since found that the only similarity is in the tuning and number of strings......you definitely have to adopt a different approach to this banjo....and strumming is right out ...it sounds awful! !

Thanks for the encouraging words Ed,thanks indeedy....Bluegrass songs eh ,well you never know !

Chris.
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RAVENS said 2600 days ago (October 12th, 2010)
Very Cool
I closed my eyes and envisioned sitting around a campfire and toasting marshmallows. That would never happen of course, I have an aversion to the woods. {That's where Jason Voorhees lives!} Very nice tune...

RAVEN ;-)
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Jarvoid said 2596 days ago (October 16th, 2010)
If we get a nice
sunny afternoon and it isn't too cold I have a rocking chair that i have inherited recently and I may go sit in the back garden with Banjo on knee.....my back garden is pretty wild.Cheers ,Jarvoid.
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jdholliday said 2600 days ago (October 12th, 2010)
hah!
well what can I say you da man! Very good for day 1!
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Jarvoid said 2596 days ago (October 16th, 2010)
Well it
helps that the tuning is standard guitar....but that is it every other similarity sulks out the back door ! Thanks for the encouraging compliment,Cheers ,Chris.
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fasteddie said 2600 days ago (October 12th, 2010)
I ain't no banjoist
And I wouldn't know the first thing about fingering to a plectum but I do know that I like the tone of that banjguitar thang you've got going there.

Nice one Chris. Makes me want to learn how to chicken pick a banjo.
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Jarvoid said 2596 days ago (October 16th, 2010)
Chicken Pickin'
well now I do not know what that means but it sounds great !.Cheers Mate,nice comment.

Chris
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falcef said 2599 days ago (October 13th, 2010)
Banjoblues

Hello congratulations on your songs, knows how to choose. Sounds good fit lines of good melodies and the choice of sounds. Mixage voice from hello 'from Italy falcef
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Jarvoid said 2596 days ago (October 16th, 2010)
Hello Italy
Thanks for dropping in and taking a chance on my oddball activities.Hope you enjoyed and I will get round to dropping in on you tout suite.Cheers ,Jarvoid.
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michaeljayklein said 2599 days ago (October 13th, 2010)
Yeah...
...this was even better than spending a night in the great (or not so great) outdoors Chris--I always love your inventive playing and that certain kind of charm that is a big part of your work. This piece exemplifies that style very much--loved it! Michael
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Jarvoid said 2596 days ago (October 16th, 2010)
See what I
said to Ravens about me back garden ! I may even get a picture took.
Glad it was a fun listen,I may develop this ....jug and bottle and a string bass, lol.

Jarvoid.
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crissew said 2598 days ago (October 14th, 2010)
Great first effort
I think the key to banjo playing is a certain right hand picking technique you have to learn. Once you do that, it is free sailing. I don't play banjo but a friend of mine that plays told me that. this is almost like a ragtime blues song on banjo, pretty cool! Not your standard banjo style but hey, who wants to be standard? Not me!
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Jarvoid said 2596 days ago (October 16th, 2010)
Thanks Chris
I tried to make the sound of the instrument like a couple of oldish bluegrass and banjo records I have...and it very quickly became apparent that you do not simply play it like a guitar and voila it sounds like a banjo,you are spot on right hand technique needs revising....and so does the left a little....Cheers mate.

Chris.
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Macaudion said 2598 days ago (October 14th, 2010)
banjoman...
well you got me w/ a smile just by having the banjo in hand, but your finger trek'n up and down that neck, it stretched my smile to a chuckling grin. Fun stuff! Dign' Mr Chris! Thanks! Dion
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Jarvoid said 2596 days ago (October 16th, 2010)
Dion,it gives
me great pleasure to get anyone chuckling,so job done.This little feller became a must have after about an hour of messing with it in the shop after another two hours it came home !

Cheers ,Chris.
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John Stebbe said 2598 days ago (October 14th, 2010)
Me too
I am a beginning banjo player too, but you seem to be more advanced than me. I am using a training DVD which came with the banjo. You've got lots of spirit in your playing. Good strong beat, and nice technique. All you need now are some good old country lyrics, about the swimmin' hole and fishin' for crawdads. A very enjoyable track.
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Jarvoid said 2596 days ago (October 16th, 2010)
John,the reason
i think it sounds more advanced is purely because it has six strings and the neck is more guitar like in the frets.I piucked up a five string banjo,which not only is tuned different GDGBD I believe ,but the frets are HUGE so I quietly put the 5 string down and played about withe the sixer........I may well pursue the fiver tho',one day.....

Thanks for droppin' in,I can listen to your new album tommorrow as it is me birthday.

Cheerws Chris.
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davisamerica said 2597 days ago (October 15th, 2010)
big smile.....
you maybe quiet insane but a huge amount of cool covers nicely.... cool noodling Jarvo...yes indeedy!
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Jarvoid said 2596 days ago (October 16th, 2010)
Quietly and relatively
harmlessly insane ! Until I get an instrument in my hands and then it all goes horribly wrong !!

Thanks Jack.cheers,Chris.
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Roxylee said 2597 days ago (October 15th, 2010)
You learn fast!
This is a cool and happy sound. It would be perfect to take along on a road trip. The music store guys didn't know what the instrument was? Sounds like you got something unique!
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Jarvoid said 2596 days ago (October 16th, 2010)
Well I think there
were divided opinions as to whether it was a GuitarBanjo or a Six String Banjo...I don't care...i think it is great fun,lovely to hear from you roxy,take care ,Best Wishes,Chris.
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lengold said 2595 days ago (October 17th, 2010)
Never know
what to expect next from you Chris - congratulations on another string to your bow.
Cheers
Len

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Jarvoid said 2595 days ago (October 17th, 2010)
String.........Bow
now that gives me an idea......Cheers Len,just another toy to hafta be dusted !

Cheers Jarvo.
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paddler said 2594 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
Breakin
I like this banjo alot - you shouldnt worry about the quality of the recording cos how you are playing it sounds old time great.Please - if you have any time,could you send me an mp3 of you playing something in 4/4 to a click cos I'd love to put something to it,in just one key would be amazing.my email is rgpaddler@ftml.net - sorry about my english - i'm english.Cheers - Rich
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Jarvoid said 2594 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
Well surely
you dunt expect to speak english proper iffen you are english...I think they beat it out of us at skool !

I'd be glad to send you an mp3...when i do one ,I've only had this a week so there is no back catalogue,summat in 4/4 time.....I'll give you a ping on the -mail address and we can bump heads.Cheers and thanks for dropping in.

Chris Jarvis
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Fredriksen said 2593 days ago (October 19th, 2010)
cool
Would sure like to try one some time. Great playing
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Jarvoid said 2593 days ago (October 19th, 2010)
Thanks
for dropping in Bjarne,cheers Jarvo...
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woofer3 said 2592 days ago (October 20th, 2010)
really enjoyed this
full of human feel and much atmpsphere.
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Jarvoid said 2592 days ago (October 20th, 2010)
Thanks very much
greatly appreciate the comment.

Cheers ,Jarvo.
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PockBluesman said 2584 days ago (October 28th, 2010)
You Slut!
You'll go with anything like a 2 bit hooker. No instrument is left out. I chgallenge you for your next outing I want you playing the spoons. Now crack on.
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Jarvoid said 2584 days ago (October 28th, 2010)
Umm I think
I already did the spoons...but I can do different sized ones to see if it makes a difference to the sound !

80)

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