Dynamics of Banjo Sound

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Dynamics of Banjo Sound

by Tom Nechville

An adventure into the many interrelated aspects of banjo sound. Banjo owners, players and repair people can benefit from the wealth of knowledge Nechville has put into this volume. The results of Nechville's lifetime of banjo experimentation are compiled here in a clear, straightforward way. Tom offers setup secrets and common sense answers to your banjo questions to make your banjo sound and play the way you want it to. Intermediate/advanced. 48 pp.
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Contents:

Introduction Chapter One - Evaluating a Banjo

  • First Impression
  • Appearance
  • Feel
  • Weight
  • Balance
  • Sound
  • Playability

Chapter Two - How Banjos Work

  • Unwanted Non-Musical Resonance
  • Tone Ring and Rim Combination
  • Neck Woods
  • The Bridge
  • Break Angle

Chapter Three - Warming Up Your Banjo

  • Heads
  • Bridges
  • Bridge Weight
  • String Slots
  • Bridge Height
  • Tailpieces
  • Summary

Chapter Four - Heading for Great Sound

  • Remo Heads
  • 5-Star Heads
  • Heading My Way
  • Head Tightening
  • Heading for Tradition
  • Heading for Expression
  • Electric Heads?

Chapter Five - "Magic" Bridges

  • Musicality
  • Sustain
  • Chimes and Bell-like Tone
  • Bass Response
  • Wide Sound

Chapter Six - Tailpiece Adjustments

  • Types of Tailpieces

Chapter Seven - Tone Rings

  • Aluminum-Bodied Banjos
  • Old-time Tone Rings
  • Spun Tone Rings
  • The Mastertone Rings
  • Archtop Tone Rings
  • Flat Head Tone Rings
  • Problems with Tone Rings
  • Cyclotronic and Timbre-Tronic Tone Rings

Chapter Eight - Don't Crank Those Rods!

  • The Flux Capacitor

Chapter Nine - Fine Tuning Your Neck (and Other Intonation Secrets)

  • Bridge Placement
  • Neck Bow and Truss Rod Adjustment
  • Fine-Tuning the Nut
  • Touch Up the Frets

Chapter Ten - Step-by-Step to Professional Banjo Set-Up
Chapter Eleven - How to Play the Banjo
Appendix - Notes from the Author
About the Author
Nech-tology 101, A Glossary of Nechville Terms

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