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This is probably the most accurate statement about this argument. In the early part of the twentieth century, the banjo was one of the most popular instruments. The four string plectrum banjo was played in jazz bands with horns, drums and reed instruments. The plectrum banjo was adapted from the five string banjo, using the same scale length, distance from nut to bridge and strummed with a flat pick called a plectrum. Violinists, and mandolinists wanted to get into this popular new music phenomenon which paid well because everyone needed a banjo in the band to appeal to the audience of the day. So, banjo makers built banjos that were tuned like a viola. Violinists could adapt their left hand for right handed artists to the fingering of this new banjo and augment their income playing the banjo. The same is true for the D string. Go up five notes in the D scale and you end up on A.
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The reason is beyond me. Over the years there have being some pop singers who included the mandolin on their songs, such as Rod Stewart with Maggie May and REM with Losing My Religion and you'll often hear mandolin players playing these songs, but it's as if famous singers have to record a song that includes the mandolin before they'll play that song. Over on my other website for tin whistle, I included over a hundred pop songs and since I did the musicians who go there no longer only play folk songs on their tin whistle but now include a rake of good pop songs. Another Brick In The Wall. Another Day In Paradise. And Then I Kissed Her. A Thing Called Love.
Just wondering what are the most popular bluegrass tunes at the moment? Would love some new tunes to learn! Tenor banjos are sometimes used in American old-timey although open-backed 5-string banjos are the norm. However, tenor banjos are totally unknown in Bluegrass where 5-string banjos with resonators are the standard. Noel - how would you play something Foggy Mountain Breakdown a bluegrass standard on a tenor banjo? Note-for-note, or an alternative arrangement?