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  1. #3221
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    What Christmas songs sound good on a banjo?
    None! Those things are just too noisy!
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Croaky Keith View Post
    None!
    lol !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Had an idea a while back about putting felt inside my toy piano to reduce the noise the keys make when I let go of the key. Decided yesterday to go through with the experiment.

    I bought the adhesive felt and tried a few modifications for my upright Schoenhut. I found most of the noise to be coming from the hammer returning to the key and not below the key as I hypothesized. I tried felt between the key and the hammer and it didn't reduce the noise appreciably. I tried felt on a hammer and it did sound lovely but was quieter than my hammers returning so I didn't bother installing felt on the hammers. The experiment only cost me $1.30 so it was cheap to try.

    I bought a Korg contact mic a couple months back to see if I could amplify the comb. I tried to attach it to the spine but that got in the way of the keys. I tried it on the soundboard and it worked very well. The bad part is that I tested it on my Vox pathfinder 10 amp that I used to use for my Risa that I sold a while back. I let my brother use it to practice his electric bass and apparently it burnt out the clean channel. Big bummer. At least I can still record it direct through my audio interface.

    The good news is that I lost a bolt for attaching the comb to the soundboard of the toy piano. Doesn't sound like good news, but this actually made the instrument much louder so the key noise is relatively less prominent.

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    A xmas tango lesson in high heels in the snow.
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    hello everybody.

    Sorry that I haven't posted a video lately because my camera sucks and a buddy of mine that knows computers couldn't fix a problem with my new webcam. Luckily it wasn't a hardware problem but it needs a new OS(he said he can do it after January 2nd.

    In the meantime, I hope to get some knowledge from you all. Should I film in 720 at 60 fps or should I use 1080 at 30fps? My old uke videos were a bit blurry with fast motions like strumming at what I thought was 30fps but I don't know if that was just due to my old webcam or the setting.

    Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

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    Most web cams don't even offer 30 fps to start, and fewer still can shoot in HD. (I got a new one on order that does both)... Either one should be fine for what we're doing here, but remember that the bigger the file, the more likely people like me who live in parts of the world without the fast internet will get your video stopping and starting a lot. I'd say go with 720 and 30 fps for the sake of use paying for data by the Gigagbyte

    Tough day shooting for me. The memory card that had all the video of my latest piece has decided to think it needs reformatting and the tripod... It was only 8 years old...

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    Webcams has come a long way since they came out, being able to shoot with those pfs.

    YouTube prefer 720p 30fps. Takes up less space.
    I am not sure is the automatically compress high er resolutions or fps or not, there is HD content on youtube - dont know if it is from normal amateaur accounts.
    You might as well save the storage space to begin with.
    More important for how nice it is to watch is the lighting, the microphone, the angle it shoots from etc.

    I believe my camera records in HD, but I save the finished movie in 720p in movie maker after editing anyway.
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    Speaking of webcams, I did something today I've been meaning to do for some time. I upgraded my own webcam. Got the Logitech C922 - which has the option of 1080p at 30fps or 720p at 60fps, I've picked neither for the moment, going with 720 and 30fps (Viking, I think 720p is considered HD too).

    I also made a discovery about something simple and interesting you can do with a baritone. I'm sure millions of others already knew this, but it's fun figuring something out for yourself regardless. Besides, I wanted to see how the new cam looks.

    Blogging about a momentous life change as I switch careers and continents--> Leaving America

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    For the last 15 years, I've been putting together an annual CD-length playlist of my favorite songs of the year, which I share with some co-workers. I'm a song addict, so it helps me keep listening to new music and searching for new great songs. These days, I also make it into a YouTube playlist. This is what it sounded like inside my head in 2019.

    Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – Bill’s Mandolin
    Charly Bliss – Capacity
    Gabriel – I Wanna Ahah!
    Methyl Ethel – Trip the Mains
    Sir Babygirl – Everyone Is a Bad Friend
    Craig Finn – Blankets
    Rudy Willingham – Pool Party
    Billie Eilish – Bad Guy
    Broods – Peach
    The New Pornographers – The Surprise Knock
    Sault – Don’t Waste My Time
    FIDLAR – Can’t You See
    Honeyblood – She’s a Nightmare
    Tame Impala – It Might Be Time
    Mac DeMarco – On the Square
    Jade Bird – I Get No Joy
    Cuffed Up – Small Town Kid
    MonteRosso – Aimants
    Bombay Bicycle Club – Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)
    S.O.U.L. Purpose – In Flight Movie: Dr. Goodlungs

    My 2019 Playlist
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joko View Post
    ME: OK Google. How to tune a 4 string banjo

    Google: C3 G3 D4 A4

    OK: *turn" "pluck"

    oUCH... That jump from the 3rd to the 2nd string... Tuned to the 7th above the G.. ouch. Painful on the ears.

    What Christmas songs sound good on a banjo?
    The CGDA tuning is what's called Standard tuning for the tenor banjo, but Irish trad players often tune GDAE, an octave below mandolin. Many folks use what's called "Chicago tuning" or DGBE, like the first 4 strings of a guitar (or a baritone uke). Of course either of these tunings necessitates changing the strings.

    I have also heard players who played rhythm only, use high-strung (re-entrant) tuning which means that the 3rd and 4th strings are an octave higher - dgBE

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