Posted by carlb on Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Every so often I check to see how many BHO members there are compared to FHO members. It's stayed at bit better then 6:1 in favor of the banjo players, at least over the last year or so.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @8:38:37 AM
I have played clawhammer for 6-7 years, but about 4 years ago, I picked up the fiddle for precisely this reason. Went to a jam awhile back and 7 banjos showed up, and only one fiddler. That incident is still known as "The Night of Seven Banjos."
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @8:41:57 AM
Once I had such a night with 5 banjos, but you win. I did have some support from an harmonica player.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @9:51:05 AM
That's also why I'm concentrating on my fiddle rather than picking up a mandolin, as fun as playing a mandolin can be.
Went to a jam and there were 2 banjos, 3 guitars, 4 mandolins and no fiddles.
After I master the fiddle I think I'll pick up a mandolin. That probably means I'll never pick up a mandolin. :)
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @10:15:46 AM
I wonder how many people would be cancelled out from belonging to both? Ie, maybe there's only ? many members who play banjo and not fiddle, or fiddle an not banjo.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @10:59:05 AM
"I wonder how many people would be cancelled out from belonging to both?"
That's a whole other topic for blog. You could do it.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @3:20:50 PM
"After I master the fiddle I think I'll pick up a mandolin. That probably means I'll never pick up a mandolin. :)"
Hee, hee. I played both in a bluegrass band for just over 3 years, and about 3-4 months ago told my mates I was no longer the mandolin player.
I'm the fiddler. :-)
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @4:53:06 PM
Lately I've been outnumbered by banjos at the Easton Jam, but sometimes it goes the other way, and we have more fiddlers.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @5:49:17 PM
When I went to my first OT jam, I took my mandolin, expecting to be one of a couple. There were 7 mandolins, 5 banjo's, 1 guitar, and no fiddles.....boy was I surprised :-O Then I went to another jam later that month....so I thought I would take my guitar rather than mandolin.....that night....there were more guitars than any other instrument.......but few fiddles......then a couple of years ago, I started learning to fiddle.....not I attend jams where there are more fiddlers than any other instrument.....sigh.....looks like the banjo is next......lol !!!!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @8:15:39 PM
We usually have a pretty good mix of instruments at the jam sessions. Probably a little heavy on the guitars and mandolins and light on the fiddles. Some nights I might be the only fiddle and other times there may be up to 5 or 6. I think one of the main reasons behind the number of fiddle players is that while there are a lot of people that strart out playing violin/fiddle, not very many actually stick with it long enough. Most people will end up switching over to another instrument that may be a little easier.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @9:10:24 PM
Well, there were two months in the Fall, at the Mermaid Inn old time jam in Philadelphia, where I was either the only banjo player or a 2nd banjo player came in about 1/2 through the evening. We had 10-12 fiddlers both times. The first time, besides all the fiddles, there was one guitar, one mandolin, one concertina (an incredible player), and one banjo. On these two occasions, my fiddle never left its case.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 @10:06:55 AM
Since I've been involved in the bluegrass music community here in the UK (which has a closely associated OT community) I have noticed that there are WAY more people playing/learning banjo than fiddle. For instance at the Sore Fingers camp over here there are usually three classes for BG banjo, filled to bursting, vs one for fiddle. One each for OT banjo and OT fiddle. Don't know about the folkie scene so much, seems a little more evenly distributed in sessions I have visited. Banjo seems to be a popular choice for men in the 60+ demographic for some reason (I'm not denigrating banjo, that is my first instrument! just saying what I've observed).
Sunday, May 12, 2013 @11:47:33 AM
Well, here we are two and half years later, and it's still 6:1 (BHO:FHO).
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