An Eight-Year-Old Banjo? No, An Eight-Year-Old With A Banjo An Eight-Year-Old Banjo? No, An Eight-Year-Old With A Banjo May 11, 2011 aubuchon In case you thought he was a fluke, his brothers play the guitar and fiddle along with him.
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Great music, talented kids, but what struck me most was, listening to the music and looking around the room, it is so heartening that we all aren’t living in Hannah-Montana-World. I like different.
Holy smokes, he’s re-tuning the strings while playing? Wow.
Those are D-tuners, invented by Earl Scruggs in the ’50s (as was this tune). The banjo is tuned (in this case) in an open G chord (gDGBD), and the tuners drop the second string to an A and the third to an F# – resulting, of course, in a D chord. When you crank ’em the other way, they stop at the original B and G.
And Johnny, you’re right. It’s a whole gang of kids out there who’ve given a pass to pop “culture.” Take in a fiddle contest sometime, and hang out for awhile in the warmup rooms. It’ll blow your doors off how many ambitious and polite short people exist in the world.
Thus endeth the daily More Than You Want To Know. There’s lots more where this came from.
Thanks, Rob – that makes perfect sense. How cool!
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