Played A Banjo

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"The banjo is such a happy instrument--you can't play a sad song on the banjo - it always comes out so cheerful."
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Steve Martin

Today, Jeremiah brought in his banjo for me to play.  He actually got it in exchange for doing some CG work for someone!  That’s a pretty great way to skip the money exchange part because he’d probably spend the cash on something music related anyway.  Jeremiah loves music.
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I was pretty excited to see it when he brought it in. 
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Jeremiah told me that banjos are generally tuned in an open tuning like his was (open G).  For those not familiar with music, this means that if you play all the strings “open” without pressing any of the frets, you should hear a G chord.

I looked up some banjo music online and learned a couple chords.  Of course, I had to teach myself the three most important, G, C and D....
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No banjo playing session would be complete without “Dueling Banjos”, so I taught myself how to play that a little as well.  It’s so catchy!  (Be aware that if you play this, there will be people around you whistling it for awhile.  It’s like magic.)

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This was pretty cool.  Obviously, I’m far from a good banjoist, but guitar skills do translate a bit.  Jeremiah was telling me there were different ways to play it (ie.
clawhammer). 

The banjo is a fun instrument with a unique sound.  I’m definitely going to mess around with it more.

Happy birthday, Jeremiah!

Related Item:
Oscar Schmidt OB5 5-String Banjo
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