Colonel Fraser

Colonel Fraser

Seems to be played vastly different on banjo as opposed to pipes or fiddle. How come?

Re: Colonel Fraser

Umm….you don’t blow into a banjo or use a bow. 🙂

The Case for the Tenor Banjo

@All Moldy,
Fiddle is harder, but don’t overlook the effort it takes to play Colonel Fraser on the banjo. Picking strings at session speed is easier said than done, especially with all those damn triplets in Colonel Fraser’s. Being able to use two different picking directions and easily go back and forth between strings really fast requires a year of experience for most people (it’s hard, but I could do it easily after four months!). You also have to reach quite a bit farther to play high-B.

@Arthur Figgis,
The best answer to your question: triplets sound better on banjo. Banjo players are not very respected. They are harassed by the other musicians, and the only way to survive is to play triplets. Flute players just wiggle their fingers and blow across a piece of wood; they don’t have to play triplets.

Want to hear a banjo joke?

Re: Colonel Fraser

Of COURSE I want to hear a banjo joke.

Re: Colonel Fraser

The banjo is much maligned, but but it’s the only instrument that people applaud when you stop playing it