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RV-related and other recreational activities => Making music on the road => Topic started by: SeilerBird on October 25, 2018, 03:03:17 PM

Title: Seilerbird's new banjo uke
Post by: SeilerBird on October 25, 2018, 03:03:17 PM
Tom - My sister just sent me an early Christmas present. It is a banjo ukulele.

https://www.amazon.com/Kmise-String-Ukulele-Concert-Sapele/dp/B01NCLJDZG/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1540497405&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=banjo+ukulele&psc=1

The ironic thing is that yesterday I was at Guitar Center and I walked past a rack of banjos and I almost picked one up to try it because I have never played a banjo even once. I didn't pick it up because I really don't need the expense of another instrument. So now I have one with no expense. Do you have any suggestions for me? I am a banjo virgin.
Title: Re: Seilerbird's new banjo uke
Post by: Tom on October 25, 2018, 04:30:55 PM
Congrats on the early Christmas gift. There are numerous banjo ukes (aka banjoleles) out there, and the differences are quite evident when you play them alongside each other. Most give you a lot of volume  ;D
Title: Re: Seilerbird's new banjo uke
Post by: SeilerBird on October 25, 2018, 05:26:28 PM
Yep, it is loud and it is heavy. Should be fun to play around with. :))
Title: Re: Seilerbird's new banjo uke
Post by: Tom on October 25, 2018, 05:49:17 PM
Time to learn George Formby's strums.
Title: Re: Seilerbird's new banjo uke
Post by: Tom on October 26, 2018, 08:37:16 PM
I see some folks using a thumb pick to strum a banjo uke, and that really helps make a louder sound. I strum it like all my other ukes - with just the nails of thumb and forefinger.
Title: Re: Seilerbird's new banjo uke
Post by: SeilerBird on October 26, 2018, 09:02:13 PM
I went to Guitar Center today specifically to buy a set of finger picks. I have never used them before. It felt totally foreign to me. I have read that finger picks and rolls are usually done with a five string. I will probably end up using a flat pick since that feels so much more normal to me. It is very loud.
Title: Re: Seilerbird's new banjo uke
Post by: Tom on October 26, 2018, 09:09:11 PM
Finger picks are normally used to play clawhammer style, usually on a 5-string banjo. Since you're comfortable with a flat pick, that will work fine on the banjo uke.
Title: Re: Seilerbird's new banjo uke
Post by: SeilerBird on October 26, 2018, 09:11:49 PM
I don't really anticipate getting a lot of use out of the banjo, I love my 8 string so much it will remain my go to uke.
Title: Re: Seilerbird's new banjo uke
Post by: PancakeBill on October 27, 2018, 09:53:19 AM
need picture.
Title: Re: Seilerbird's new banjo uke
Post by: Tom on October 27, 2018, 09:55:19 AM
Pictures viewable by clicking Seilerbird's link to amazon.
Title: Re: Seilerbird's new banjo uke
Post by: SeilerBird on October 27, 2018, 10:51:36 AM
need picture.
Dang Bill, I am sorry, I did not think to post a photo. Like I said, I have no brains therefore I don't get headaches. :o