Age Related Challenges

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Here I am, 71 as of Feb. 25, and still picking the five. The “new Granada” I got in 1988 is 29 years old this year — older than Earl’s was in the 40s and 50s — and sounding nice with a calfskin head I’ve had on it since fall.… Read More

The Groove, and Warming Up for Fast Ones

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Pat in Alabama writes: I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing some advice. It’s about warming up. I’m playing with a church bluegrass band in a “Bluegrass and Stained Glass” concert here in a few weeks. … Read More

The NY Banjo Summit Tour

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It’s impressive just to look around and see an array of amazing musicians I’ll be spending the next 11 days with… Béla, Tony, Noam…Russ Barenberg … Read More

Rekindling the Hot Rize Fire; Bulletproofing Your Solos; Rhythm Machine vs. Metronome

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October 28 in Berkeley, California, Hot Rize will kick off its first tour in 12 years. The group’s full-time run was January, 1978–April, 1990. After disbanding, we’d reunite for a handful of gigs each year. … Read More

How to Spend the Least Amount of Time Tuning (and be in tune)

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So many fine points to cover about tuning a banjo! Keep your strings changed with some frequency, wipe them with a rag sometimes. … Read More

Tune It Or Die

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Yes, that sounds severe. I was taken aback by that catchy phrase on a t-shirt worn by one of the nicest people I know, Scott Thile (Chris’ dad).… Read More

Recommended Summer Banjo Stay-Cation (or Anywhere) Adventure…The Pleasures, Perks, and Lessons of Busking

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I’ve been “playing in the street” since I was a teenager, going back to my pre-college summer, at the short-lived Freedomland amusement park in NY City. My folk trio played in a high-traffic spot for a few hours, and then took the coins from the open guitar case and spent them all, replacing the fluid we sweated that afternoon.… Read More

Ten Repertoires

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This summer presents me some good challenges. Between late April and mid-July, I will have been on stage performing no less than ten different repertoires:… Read More

Stage fright and playing under pressure

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This article is a transcription of a talk at Pete’s Banjo Camp, Boulder, CO. Transcribed and edited by Don Nitchie, originally published in the September 1994 issue of Banjo Newsletter. “Pete, I recruited a guitar/mandolin player to provide some rhythm … Read More

Banjo Newsletter Interview by Tony Trischka

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The following appeared in the July 1979 issue of Banjo Newsletter. Neither the subject of this interview nor the questioner need any introduction to the readers of BNL. Peter Wernick and Tony Trischka have been in the forefront of banjo … Read More