Greg Jowaisas Posted October 31, 2003 Share Posted October 31, 2003 Clive and all. I'll probably regret that religious reference to "being in a cathedral". But I was looking for a spiritual metaphor. I'm not up to entering a "holy war" of polarized opinions. I'm just a little, young concertina player making his way in a world of wonder and discovery. Just wanted to share some observations that I thought were interesting and wonderful. You guys can crusade and fight; I should be practicing. As far as old time banjo, I've put in my 35 years. It took me ten years to realize that in changing keys (which in old time banjo involves retuning) that certain notes, while true to the electronic tuner no longer sounded so sweet to me. Their relationship with the tonic had changed. Now I can anticipate what notes will probably have to be sweetened. Yes, a fretted banjo has equally tempered notes (compromises in the fret placement). Sometimes I find myself attacking notes at a different finger angle or actively "bending a string" to satisfy that sweet sound. Paul's, and Dave's comments and others contributions in previous threads on tunings and temperments struck a chord with me. It helped explain some of the inconsistant sounds I'd heard on the banjo and guitar for years. Hey, it's all in the eye, or ear of the beholder. I'm headed for the roof. This forum is getting over my head, anyway. I've got three different hammers to nail shingles. Each is different. Each has a different feel. All three are capable of getting the job done. Is one inherently "better" than another? Probably not. I have my favorite, for different reasons. Sometimes my needs change. Here's to roofs with no leaks and concertinas with no squeaks. Greg Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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