My mom is visiting this week. Yesterday afternoon, at her request, I took out the Gibson banjo to show her. Then I got out my old Kasuga 4-string tenor banjo.
And the fun started! I played and sang with that old banjo for over an hour.
I haven't played that tenor banjo in many years. At one point back in the 1990's, it was about the only instrument I played. That was before I got my first good guitar (a Martin D-16gte). I wanted to improve my guitar playing, so I shelved that banjo for a while.
A long while. I think I have used it once in the last 10 years, and that was for a children's message during one of our worship services. People still talk about that day.
Gosh, the strings on that old banjo need changing awful bad. I went online, and new strings are only about $3.00 a set!!
It could use new tuners and a new head as well. That will be a little more expensive.
Despite needing strings, it was a blast to play it again, and rip into it good. I tune my tenor banjo to Chicago style tuning . . . D-G-B-E. It's the same as playing a baritone uke. You play guitar chords except for the low string E and A.
Super easy for a guitar player.
If I do take time-off from performing after the fist of the year, I think I will be spending some of that time with the banjo. Best song leading instrument I know of.
Most importantly, I enjoy singing with it.
God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>