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Collings 2H style acoustic guitars feature rosewood back and sides. We currently have a good assortment of these guitars in stock with different body sizes so we wanted to take the opportunity to make a video a/b testing all of these guitars. It is not a straight apples to apples comparison of body sizes as some of these guitars have other specs that are different such as torrefied tops, being...

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Some might argue that learning to play your arpeggios is more important than learning your scales. When improvising, the use of arpeggios can make your playing sound more melodic than playing a scale. That is because when a player simply runs a scale, it make their playing sound just like that, just a scale.

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A couple of the most important scales you should learn when playing the banjo is your major and minor pentatonic scales. As the name suggests, these scales consist of 5 notes. Many tunes are based entirely off of these scales. Just playing the notes of these scales in various order will make your playing sound very melodic.

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New Orleans based guitarist, John Fohl, visited Banjo Studio and took a new caramel Collings Cilty Limits (CL) electric guitar featuring ThroBak Custom ER MXV humbucker pickups for a spin. Check it out.

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No matter what instrument you play, in order to begin improvising you need to create your own collection of “licks”. What is a “lick”? A lick is a small musical passage that you have down 100% under your fingers that you know so well you can always pull it out of your back pocket and use in certain musical situations. They can be just a couple notes, a half a measure, a full measure, 2...

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David Bandrowski of Banjo Studio compares 3 different openback banjos in this video - the Rickard 11" Tubaphone vs. the Pisgah 12" Tubaphone vs. the Pisgah 12" Wonder. Hear David talk about the aesthetics and the tone of all 3 banjos as well as him play all 3. 

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New Orleans based guitarist, John Fohl, visited Banjo Studio and took a new vintage white Collings 290 electric guitar with Jason Lollar P90 Pickups for a spin. Check it out. The tone on this guitar is incredible. 

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Listen to Martin and David Howley of the Irish band We Banjo 3 jamming at the Deering Banjos booth at MerleFest 2018. Martin is playing a Deering Eagle II 19 Fret Tenor banjo that is fitted with a Kavanjo Pickup and David is playing a Deering Boston 6 String banjo that is also fitted with a Kavanjo pickup.

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It might seem like a silly question to someone who has played the banjo before, but almost every time I give banjo picks to someone who has never played before, they put the picks on backwards. Banjo picks are worn by 5 string banjoists who are playing the 3 finger style. There are some clawhammer players who use a pick as well, but here we will be focusing on 3 finger style 5 string banjo...

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We are excited to announce the new partnership we have with Tunefox to offer you 3 free months of banjo, guitar, or mandolin lessons with the purchase of any instrument. Tunefox is a fantastic online tool that offers a unique way of learning bluegrass songs on banjo, guitar, or mandolin. It uses tab, where you play along and can slow down or speed up the tempo and you can even rearrange parts...

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