The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #26903   Message #327599
Posted By: bseed(charleskratz)
26-Oct-00 - 02:29 AM
Thread Name: Help: Disabled Musician
Subject: RE: Help: Disabled Musician
An instrument "that will allow for more expression than a banjo..."? Don, I find the banjo a highly expressive instrument. I know both bluegrass and Irish banjo are usually played more for for percussive drive than emotional expression, but there are a lot of other styles (have you heard Tony Ellis?). While I'm trying to master fast fiddle tunes, my favorite things to play on banjo are slow ballads, and I think the instrument is wonderfully suited to this kind of music, and fully capable of a wide range of expression, even with frets, what with slides and chokes and harmonics, hammer-ons and pull-offs (no, Spaw, not that kind of pulling off--that's dangerous with a banjo).