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Banjo Sound and Setup

Question: I took my banjo to a jam last week and met another banjoist who had the same make and model and it sounded so much better than mine. We use the same brand and gauge of strings, and the same picks, so how could that be? Ozzie: Although there are now many...

Is There a Bluegrass Middle Ground

Question: I like playing Old Time bluegrass, but the other pickers in my neighbourhood all want to play hot, fast, contemporary bluegrass. Is there a ‘middle ground’ that we all can share, socially? Ozzie: There is always a middle ground, but this ‘demarcation’ occurs...

Breaking Strings – Is It Normal?

Question: I break strings quite often while playing. Is this normal? Ozzie: It’s not clear what you mean by ‘quite often’, but if it’s every time you jam and play loud, it’s too often. Assuming that your strings are tuned to A440 concert pitch (and no higher), and are...

The Ukulele and Bluegrass

Mike from South Australia writes: Dear Ozzie: I love to be surrounded by all sorts of musos that enjoy being in a bluegrass jam. A number of times there are mando, guitar, fiddle and banjo players in the jam circle that are also accompanied by gleeful ukulele players....
Banjo Sound and Setup

Banjo Sound and Setup

Question: I took my banjo to a jam last week and met another banjoist who had the same make and model and it sounded...

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