Thanks again,Sincerely,Ross Nickerson ( )==='==~, The Banjo Encyclopedia "Bluegrass Banjo from A to Z" - By Ross Nickerson Special Edition Spiral Bound with Hard Copy CD, Rhythm Backup Band Play Along Vol 1 - Spiral Bound Book/CD/DVD By Ross Nickerson, Playing in the Keys of C, D, E, F and G Up the Neck DVD By Ross Nickerson, went online in 2001 with a brand new Beginner Banjo Book and two books I wrote on Scruggs Style and Building Banjo Speed. Includes stretching pinky, left hand exercises and banjo licks. I generally set it up with light contact and I have never detected any binding of the hoop when tightening. Edited by - 1xsculler on 07/03/2017 12:25:28, Jim Britton - Posted - 07/03/2017:  12:15:35. I definitely does not need to touch. I am to be teaming up with our professional Safari guides Kevin and Tricia Dooley on an adventure that none of us will forget. More reviews, How to Play Banjo Up the Neck, Cumberland Gap, Playing By Ear Banjo Workshops with Ross Nickerson, St Pete Beach Banjo Camp - Annual Ross Nickerson Banjo Workshop, Fixing Banjo Timing - Banjo Tab Exercises. I have just one side profile pattern that I use for banjo necks. Old Hickory - Posted - 07/03/2017:  13:14:28. A gap allows the tension hoop to move up and down freely when you adjust head tension. Keep scale length in mind when making the banjo neck side profile pattern. Thanks, I hope that is helpful to you, that advice can apply to a lot of trouble spots. When Earl plays this break, it's not the 11th fret 2nd string with the pinky that catches the listener, it's that freight train of a right hand plowing through the roll in time, with a catchy rhythm. When metal working tools became wide-spread in the U.S. in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s banjo makers went wild with banjo tone ring designs. The main reason I keep a gap there is because it makes tightening the head easier if the hoop doesn't pinch the neck. All Forums, 'Trade Stelling Sunflower for Stelling Crusader', 'Tune of The Week for Friday, November 27th, 2020: Porter's Reel'. Call Toll Free: 1-866-3-BANJOS (866-322-6567) Testimonials, reviews and comments from customers. In the case of the neck-tension hoop gap, there's probably consensus that there should be a gap. Free Banjo Videos and Banjo Lessons from Banjo Master and Teacher, Ross Nickerson. You need a slight gap. Then, after they have learned to pick the lick properly with the simplified left hand positions, and have sufficiently developed their pinky coordination, then we can revisit the lick and put them both together. Take your playing to the next level with the help of a local or online banjo teacher. The one thing you can guarantee from contact is that it WILLeffect sound, and there's no way of predicting if it's going to be better or worse. However, some other banjo necks are cut in such a way that there is contact at the edge of the skirt. The answers should be helpful and the questions you read will remind you that you are not alone out there! Then, separately, exercise and develop left hand ability by exercises that stretch fingers and make them cooperate better. Brass is usually the metal of choice for tone rings. I’ll touch on just a few of them here. It works with both 11 and 12 inch rims. Because of the extra strings and extended fingerboard, they offer the largest range of notes that produce a classic twangy banjo tone. Students please use this free service to find a banjo teacher near you, banjo teachers please help me build the list! We are adding new videos all the time. You'll likely use both methods as you progress, I do.A Few More TipsDon't hurt the pinky by overdoing it either, I've done that before, its not worth it, you'll get it eventually, ......stretch! I'm having trouble with the pinky finger hitting the 11th fret, 2nd string right. I'm saying that IMO it's unimportant. And while that opinion may be near-universal, it's not quite there. Resist the temptation of fudging over and over that lick, likely missing the roll and the pinky bend struggling to reach out there, that's painful on a lot of levels.Again, this is an extremely common challenge, this Cumberland Gap break is very often introduced as the first up the neck Scruggs Style solo a student learns. Weekly newsletter includes free lessons, favorite member content, banjo news and more. My own arrangements usually contain more than one break, and many of them contain/are an up-the-neck break. The heelpiece rests on the wooden rim only. Email Ross with a question. Size of gap doesn't matter. While reading these you should be able to see many questions you have had as well. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Copyright 2020 Banjo Hangout. The neck gets thicker as it nears the heel. Read reviews from banjo sales in the US, Europe, Canada and Australia. That's been my experience on 3 banjos, before and after. has been at the forefront of banjo instruction since 2001. 1xsculler - Posted - 07/03/2017:  14:51:31. We want you to keep improving and your appreciation and support means a lot to us. I think I will go for the smallset gap, i. e. maybe a couple of thou" so there is no contact but so the wide surface of the finger board could provide some support if side pressure is put on the neck.Thanks for your input. I have had many people compliment me on how good this banjo sounds and the improvement was 10 fold. I am probably in the minority, but Having played a number of banjos over the years, some with neck to tension hoop contact and some without, I can't say as how I've noticed any difference at all. Yes, But maybe not so much that it's noticeable. Banjo help on how to Play Cumberland Gap on the banjo Up the Neck. Draw a straight line to mark the backside of the neck. And while that opinion may be near-universal, it's not quite there. The fingerboard on my Archtop was snug up against the tension hoop. If there is a gap at the 9th fret, the neck is bowed forward. Unlike Roger S, I'm not saying that contact is better. Don't sweat it if it isn't coming yet, you can live without it or work around it! Now that the neck is straight, you need to introduce some "relief" into the neck. 400+ tunes bundles available, each with chord charts and various speeds. Seriously, when the right hand picking roll is executed properly, simply the 2nd string 8th fret sounds good and not that much different than inserting the Bb note on the 11th fret, 2nd string. I watched the Warren Yates video concerning this issue and since I had already had my banjo apart and was in the process of doing a much needed cleaning after 22 yrs of non-use I figured I would follow Warren's advice. I'll go for the consistency in set up every time. In my experience most every student, if not all, I've worked with have had varying degrees of difficulty with the pinky finger bend on the 11th fret, 2nd string.Another option I offer sometimes, and it works good too, is play the 11th fret, 2nd string choke licks occasionally, or to get started with them by fretting the 11th fret, 2nd string with the ring finger, and the 9th fret, 1st string with the index.

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