IRISH  TENOR BANJO LESSONS

_________________________________________________________________________

bullet30 years teaching experience
bulletAny age of pupil accepted
bulletEnhanced CRB disclosure certificate (essential for anyone working with children)
bulletAbsolute beginners welcome

     

In the 1960's Barney McKenna of the Dubliners folk group popularised tenor banjo playing in irish traditional music. Although this was not by any means the beginning of the use of the banjo in irish music it did mark the beginning of a move to a more standardised way of playing and tuning of the irish tenor banjo.

Nowadays the tenor banjo is generally tuned EADG (1st - 4th) for irish music and is played on standard length tenor banjo (19 frets) or a slightly shorter necked 'irish' tenor banjo (17 frets). If you are thinking about learning to play, buy either of these. The 17 fret version is slightly easier on the fingers as the 'stretch' is less demanding but many top banjo players prefer the standard length neck. It's simply a matter of personal choice. Don't be tempted to  buy  the very long necked 'plectrum' banjo as although it has four strings like the tenor, the long neck (22 frets) makes the 'stretch' far too difficult for serious playing.

                                             TUNES ON YOUTUBE

 

 

                                                         Go to HOMEPAGE

                                                                         
  

    IRISH MUSIC   /   BEER FOR BREAKFAST   /     BANJO LESSONS   /    BANJOS FOR SALE    /   SEAGULL ON THE WINDSCREEN  /   CONTACT