||2011 - We're
still holding practices twice a month. Call our phone number to find the
||On Dec 10, 2007 we met for the last
time at the Aeromechanics Hall, 9125 15th Place S., Seattle
(SouthPark Area), Washington
We've met there for approximately 26 years.
Our meetings will be held at various locations - usually on the 2nd and 4th Sunday
of each month. Call the phone number below to get info about the
upcoming location. In the first part of the year, they will be
held in Renton.
||2nd and 4th Sunday of the month...
Call for the time.
||(425) 235-7460 (24 hour
recording) -- Call for directions
||Some of the best music in the world are songs written between 1890 and
1940. Select here to see a listing of over 300 titles in Seattle Banjo
||Usually we practice solos, new numbers and licks during the first hour.
Then the second hour is open play, with members selecting songs of their choice for the
whole group to play. Visitors and traveling players are welcome to attend. Call for
Until 2004, each year we hosted the Seattle Banjo Festival, near SeaTac Airport.
Check out the photos from previous shows and get information about the next Festival.
The current events are not a
"Festival" as much as a weekend-get-a-way for players!! What a great way to overdose on
great songs by great performers.
I play a 1930 Vega Soloist Plectrum Banjo made in Boston, Mass. I began playing in
1991. With the Seattle Banjo Club, we play about 4 or 5 times a month at various Rest Homes,
Hospitals, Convalescent Centers, and other gigs as requested. All moneys received for
these jobs are donated to Children's Hospital. We've even
been known to play in a parade or two. Click here to see a photo of us at the Lake City Parade 1995
and the Mercer Island Parade 2000.. Or click here to see a typical Plectrum Banjo - four strings, 22 frets, great sound. Or here
to see a typical Tenor Banjo - four strings, 19 frets.
Members usually play the Plectrum banjo or the Tenor banjo. Both of these have
four strings and are played with a plastic pick (plectrum). This style of playing
was made popular in the 1920's and 1930's. The plectrum usually has 22 frets and the
tenor has 19 frets.
A five string banjo can be played with our music, but usually only if it is played with
a pick. Using finger picks, and the fifth string, will add a blue-grass under tone,
which is not usually the type of sound that we try to achieve. Some members
actually use a five-string banjo, with the fifth string removed. No problem.
The tuning is usually the same (C G B D) and the sound is right in step with the golden
oldies of the 20's and 30's. If in doubt, show up and we'll jam together any way
New to the Banjo???
Have a question??
Try our List of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
Plectrum and Tenor Banjo
World Wide Web Banjo Sites:
Pittsbury Banjo Club
The Banjo Authority - The
A Super Site
for Plectrum and Tenor Banjo information is:
String Banjo Links
More FAQs about 5-String, Tenor and Plectrum
A great way to practice songs over the
Internet!!! Jim Bottorff's Page!! The Oakland Banjo Band from
Players who have played on our stage
Onishi's web site in Japan
Sayer in New York, New York
Tagawa in San Francisco, California
VanPalta in Grand Junction, Colorado
Free and sample sheet music
Old-time favorites online
<my personal favorite>
with original lyrics and a view of the original sheet music
Banjo Music Magazine!!! - Great Information
from Top songs 1930-1999
Jim Lyon 715 41st Ave. E. Moline IL 61244
Phone (309) 755-0587 String instrument repairs--will also make new
5-string, Tenor, or Plectrum Banjos.
Mickey Finn is Greater
But, be sure to come back and visit us again. Thanks!!
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