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Posted By: Margo
07-Aug-01 - 02:43 PM
Thread Name: Celtic music on 5 string banjo
Subject: Celtic music on 5 string banjo
I play clawhammer banjo. I have been working on some of Ken Perlman's adaptations for banjo of celtic fiddle tunes. Here are my questions:

Do any of you know how his five string adaptations compare to the playing of the plectrum banjo? Isn't the four string what is traditionally played in Celtic music? I just wonder if I'm "banging my head against a wall" trying to play jigs and reels on five string or if I ought to look into a different banjo for that music.

Understand I have nothing against Ken Perlman teaching Celtic tunes for clawhammer, and I don't particularly find it hard to do, but I just wonder if there is really a difference in the sound of it to where it is really unique... What do you all think? Thanks,