Thursday, February 2, 2023

Ben Smith Shreds an Ortega Raven Banjitar

 This is a fun video because Ben Smith can PLAY that thing! The Ortega Raven is an attractive instrument with its black and chrome highlights. Smith plays some quasi-bluegrass, sure to offend banjo purists and delight everyone else, as well as some cool ragtime and blues.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Clawhammer 6-string banjo

 This piece uses a 6-string banjo with a more traditional modal tuning (aAEADE) tuning, with a drone string on the top. Beautiful!

Sunday, January 22, 2023

G.D. West - “The Square Tire Effect”

 12-string guitar is doubled by 6-string banjo on this track. This sounds huge and a 12-string banjo adds sparkle to the big middle section.

Jeff Patzke - “Travelin’ Man Blues”

 This is a nice number, played with a soft touch and a gentle, sweet tone. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

6-String Banjo Lesson - Brad Davis

 This is a useful lesson from Brad Davis. I love the sound of his Deering banjitar! Maybe someday Deering will want to sponsor me or want me as an endorser! (I can always dream!)

Friday, October 14, 2022

The “King of All Banjitars”

 You can buy more expensive, fancier instruments, but for sheer volume and “sheets of sound,” nothing tops a 12-string banjitar!

“Keep Me Around” - Gregg Daly

This is a nice tune that features banjitar prominently. My favorite role for the banjitar is supporting guitar and vocals. This song has a nice solo in the middle.