[Dixielandjazz] More on banjo's

Craig I. Johnson civanj at adelphia.net
Sat Mar 5 12:48:56 PST 2005

Why would I have to go to a five string to get a single note picking solo?
I've heard a number of 4-string banjo players do it. And wouldn't a plectrum
(4 string) be the same thing as picking a 5 ignoring the drone string?

(Not putting down 5-string, I love 'em, but the comment just didn't sound


On 3/5/2005 11:56:14 AM,  John Pembery (john at pembery.co.uk) wrote:
> I believe that the function of the banjo is to provide a rhythmic harmony,
> which in conjunction with the bass player , will provide a background
> for
> the front line instruments to strut their stuff.
> If you wish to use the banjo as a front line instrument, then by all
> means
> use a five stringer picking single notes.
> However a four string player can take solo breaks playing chord melody,
> if
> he needs to.
> John P
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