Artists began to combine and record string-band music in collaboration with other popular styles in the s. These works, completed in , emphasized the rhythm of a chordal guitar with the melody in the swung violin line. Red McKenzie , who also recorded with Lang, recorded with an influential string band group during the s, the Spirits of Rhythm. The group consisted of tiple , guitar, homemade percussion, double bass, and often involved scat singing.
Another string band from the s, Slim and Slam , continued this particular form of scat in their recording The Flat Foot Floogie. He did his research and dug a bit further into our wild side than any previous interview we've had! Hope some freaks show up!
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Written by Paul D. Race for , , and. If you landed on this page because you don't know what kind of banjo you want, check out CreekDontRise. If you landed on this page because you believe you need a Four-String banjo, then the question is "what kind of Four-String banjo do you want? Note: Some Celtic-influenced bands also use Five-String banjos, though the players may play them like they would an "Irish" four-string. That's beyond the scope of this article, though.
It might help you to know that you can play almost any of those kinds of music on almost any Four-String banjo, so if you've picked one up at a flea market or got one out of your uncle's attic and it's playable, you've got what you need to get started. Yes, Dixieland and Celtic players tune their banjos differently, but that only affects the kind of strings you put on it, not the construction of the thing.
Note: For more information about the history of the 4-string banjo and how some versions became more popular for certain kinds of music than others, please check out the Creek Don't Rise article "About 4-String Banjos.
Most used Four-Strings that have survived in the American Heartland where I live were student models made in the s and s during the height of the Folk Revival. The Five-String banjo was far more popular in those days, but a number of companies still had parts and factory lines that dated back to the Jazz age.
So a good number of Four-Strings hit the market as well. Most were barely played, since owners soon realized that they had bought the wrong instrument for the kind of music they wanted to play, so that could benefit you. The critical part of any banjo is the neck. It needs to be straight, or have an adjustment mechanism that you can use to make it straight. If you're thinking about checking out the used banjo market, check out the CreekDontRise.
Although most of the professional Four-Strings from the s to s have long since been lost or fallen apart, you may stumble across a vintage professional model - we'll describe some of the differences further down. Still, you need to evaluate it the same way as you would evaluate a cheapy - it may have spent the last century in a hot attic and have a neck like a ski slope.
About Metal Pots - Here's an interesting twist. During the high point of banjo popularity, some manufacturers reduced the cost by using all-metal pots. After World War II, some banjos used all metal pots that had flanges built into them to which the resonator bolts.
But between and , quite a few banjos were produced whose pots were simply a metal cylinder. This is always a sign of a cheap banjo, but if you get one of these in playable condition, they do tend to be loud. Everytime theres a new producion of 4 Strings i know its gonna be massive.
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