Banjo Maintenance Tips
While the gentle buzzing of bees in the summer is pleasant, buzzing on a banjo is just plain annoying and, as they say, “it just ain’t right!” Let’s take a look at some possible causes for what will eventually plague every banjo player in their playing career. References are made in this article to the Deering/Goodtime Maintenance Manual.
While I am not suggesting any chiropractic manipulations here, adjusting your banjo neck will bring just about as much “relief” to your banjo playing as a good visit to your local doctor can do for your back and neck! Tests, tests, more tests….yes, I have a few for you to try! They can be fun, they ARE effective, and, remember our motto “YOU CAN DO IT!”
Bridge placement is important to get the best sound out of your banjo. The intonation is improved by having the bridge in what is called the “sweet spot” on the banjo head. This is actually easy to do as a banjo has a floating bridge (it is held on by the tension of the strings) and with practice you will actually enjoy playing with the harmonics of our banjo fingerboard to place the bridge in the right place.
While winter seems to be hanging on fiercely in some areas of the country that just means that spring is right around the corner! It’s time to pull out those cleaning materials and spruce up your banjo before you head out to the exciting world of festivals.
Cleaning our homes is routine - maybe not a favorite thing for all of us but we do it anyway. I love things that make my cleaning routine easier! (OK, now you know for sure that I don’t like house cleaning.) Today I want to share of few easy tips on maintenance for your banjo. They are about as easy as I can make them!