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GRAMMY Award-winning banjo player Alison Brown is out with her new album “The Song of the Banjo.” She’s a Harvard alumna, and spent years working in finance before she gave all that up to pursue her love of the banjo.

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Watch and listen to Banjo Studio owner David Bandrowski play Sandy Boys on the Dogwood #99 banjo. Dogwood banjos are handmade in the U.S. by Mike Chew in Minneapolis, MN. This banjo features a neck with insanely figured maple. It is gorgeous and sounds great as well.  Watch the video below and find out more about this banjo here!

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Have you ever wondered if there was a way to learn licks in the context of a tune, so you could really see the ‘behind the scenes’ mentality of improvisation?

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Deering's collaboration with banjoist Alison Brown is the new Julia Belle low banjo. This is  24-fret low tuned banjo that features John Hartford’s hand drawn artwork on the fingerboard as well as design aesthetics and features customized by Alison herself. 

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There are a number of differerent types of banjo straps offered. They vary on the materials they are made with, how they connect to your banjo, padding, and more. For a person new to playing the banjo, the choices can be complicated. Hopefully I can help clear up some of your questions on this topic so you can purchase the the right type of banjo strap for you with confidence.

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Collings Guitars introduced their newest acoustic body shape and the latest addition to their acclaimed T-series with three new Collings Parlor models.  First popularized in the late 19th century, this long and narrow body shape sits at the base of the modern steel string acoustic guitar family tree.  Though sometimes overlooked in favor of its larger and louder descendants, the parlor body...

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Banjos are known to be quite heavy.There used to be a common saying in the banjo world that "a good banjo is a heavy banjo".  They can make a Les Paul guitar look light. This is often the case, but not always. There are a number of types of banjos and all of them are not heavy. But classic bluegrass style banjos are heavy. 

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A number of our customers often come to us and say "my banjo won't stay in tune". Let's disregard all the jokes about not being able to tune a banjo. Modern banjos with geared tuning pegs will stay in tune. The fix for this is a very easy one. 99 times out of 100 the problem is simply that the screw which holds the tuning peg has become too loose. 

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The head tension of a banjo is probably the biggest driver in the tone of your banjo that you can easily adjust. It is the soundboard of your banjo. When comparing it to an acoustic guitar, people pay a lot of money for quality acoustic guitar top woods as they have different hardness levels and tonal properties. A banjo is great beause you can adjust the "top" to your desired tone. You are...

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Renowned Cajun musician David Doucet (of the band Beausoleil) came by Banjo Studio the other day to play some Collings Guitars. David is both a great flatpicker and fingerstyle guitarist. He has been a Collings guitar fan since before Collings Guitars was a full on company. 

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