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  1. I learned the chords on a guitar many years ago and they're fairly second nature to me so I don't really think about where they are on the neck or what their constituent notes are. My fingers just go there without thinking. But I recently started learning how to play a five string banjo. And I'm going through that process of finding where the chords are in many positions on the neck. I find that when there are only four strings (the 5th string is just a drone G and isn't really fretted much), the chord relationships become more apparent. For example, a minor chord is that chord's relative major with the fifth moved up a note or two frets. So if you know how to fret a G, for instance, then you can figure out the Em, if you know where the five is (and it's good to know the 1, 3 and 5 of the chords). That's probably the most useful relationship I figured out but there are others. For example, raise the fifth of a minor chord up half a step and you get a major chord an interval of six away (Em to C for example.) I also find that chords are a bit more tenuous or not as full sounding on a four stringed instrument - the six strings of a guitar allow the chord notes to be doubled up making them sound richer. I guess the six strings also allow you to find chord patterns that aren't too inverted making them sound more solid. But on a four stringed instrument you kind of take what you can get in terms of chord notes - they may be completely inverted. Anyway, it's a fun process relearning all this and it seems a lot easier after having learned the guitar. Someday I'll get to my Dad's old mandolin...
  2. Hi Six, To tell the truth, I didn't really consider a banjitar. My daughter has a 5 string banjo and i had fun noodling on that this summer so I started looking at the online want ads for banjos in the Ottawa area. I finally found a reasonable one in Kingston so I negotiated with the guy to try get him to meet me half way - no go. But my daughter who had lived in Picton for a number years and was going down to visit her friends said she'd pick it up. It turns out she was friends with the guy who was selling the banjo - small world. I played a banjitar many years ago but I was looking forward to learning a new instrument. It's lots of fun.
  3. I know that barres are the bain of beginners and without them people tend not to play above the first position. But... there are some easy ways of playing chords up the neck by using the open strings. Some of these chords have a bit of flavouring added giving really cool jazzy tones. Here's a really cool E (I put the fingering in brackets) try this one by hitting the low E then letting the chord ring - sounds really cool - love the lower octaves coming through. ------0------------------------ ------0------------------------ ------9(4)--------------------- ------9(3)--------------------- ------7(1)--------------------- ------0------------------------ And a really easy A... (cool bluesy run is to slide from the 5 to the 6 on the G string) ------0------------------------ ------5(1)--------------------- ---[5]6(2)--------------------- ------7(3)--------------------- ------0------------------------ ------X------------------------ And a D... (or shift it down 3 and it's a C) ------5(1)--------------------- ------7(4)--------------------- ------7(3)--------------------- ------0------------------------ ------X------------------------ ------X------------------------ A beautiful sounding Amaj7 (follow that chord with a G# on the high E string - beautiful sound) ------0---[4]--------------------- ------0------------------------ ------6------------------------ ------6------------------------ ------0------------------------ ------X------------------------ jazzy sounding Am's (with added degrees of various kinds) ------5(1)-----0------0---------- ------5(1)-----0------0---------- ------5(1)-----5------5---------- ------5(1)-----5------7---------- ------0--------0------7---------- ------X--------X------X---------- And, of course, the possibilities are endless. Don't be afraid of noodling up the neck. Have fun, Doug
  4. In memory of Eddie Zielinski

    Yes, nicely said. Thanks for sharing your memories. I love the story about the piano. Just one example of how he touched people's lives. We'll all miss him.
  5. a little write-up on my new electric guitar

    nice case ;-) Ok, the guitar's pretty nice too.
  6. Rest In Peace, Eddie

    This is really sad. To Eddie's family I'm so sorry for your loss. He was too young. He touched the lives of many many people in this community. He was a very helpful, friendly, creative man. I'll miss him.
  7. HI Kirk/Clancy, I was looking through the list of guitar lessons and I noticed you had one for Begin the Beguine. Which is amazing because I love your arrangement of it. But when I click on the link, I get Bob Dylan's Tambourine Man. Can you look into this for me? thanks very much, Doug
  8. Thanks again, Clancy. Just downloaded the sheet music (you've got a great website - very smooth). I hear Whistler just got a dump of snow - maybe you'll be able to ski before you head home. Enjoy the rest of your stay in Canada and say Hi to Kirk for me.
  9. Thanks very much Clancy. i hope you are enjoying your stay in Canada. I assume you're out in Alberta? I hear Edmonton had snow today. I hope you're more south. Hope the forest fire smoke isn't too bad. I just returned to Ontario from Alberta's kananaskis area last week. Was out there fly fishing. Doug
  10. Coillab Ideas

    Fun lyrics, Carol!
  11. Josh Turner - amazing talent

    Hey Carol, I'm sure it has taken him a lot of work to get where he's at in his playing but I have to think it must come easy for him. He's all over the map in terms of the stuff he plays. Melding classical with Vampire weekend or flat picking Americana tunes, to, dare I say it, a Justin Beiber cover. Here's Jimmi Hendrix's Little Wing on mandolin...
  12. Not the country and western guy but a 25 year old who lives in New York. He has lots of youtube vids starting from when he was 15. Here's one of my favourites:
  13. Out In The Fields (Cover)

    I'm into more acoustic stuff but I enjoyed that. Nicely played.
  14. Checking in!

    I agree, it's overused, but in some cases it sums things up well. It's like the raining frogs scene in Magnolia - sometimes shit happens and you have no control over it. At least that's what I got from that scene. Weird movie, though...
  15. Use a capo on the second fret and just capo the top five strings gives a dropped E tuning.
  16. The Making of my Brass Guitar Slides

    Very cool, Kirk. Not much of a Canadian accent left, eh?