Learning how to change banjo strings is the first step in playing the blues. It’s like changing the oil in your car: you need to do it often.
The most common type of strings is what are called cheap beginner banjo strings. These are made from alloys that tend to crack and stretch with time. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to invest in strings with solid centers.
For those who cannot afford to buy strings, there are several options available. The most popular is the new instrument-to-new strings swap. This involves buying an older banjo from a thrift store and turning it into a new instrument using the strings it originally had.
After the old strings have been cut and fitted into the resonators of the banjo, the remaining parts are polished and sealed to ensure a longer life. Once this is complete, it can be plugged into the amplifier and tuned. Even so, it can be many years before the replacement banjo is ready for playing.
Other players simply wind in new, slightly-worn strings onto the banjo until the length of the old string is restored. As the banjo ages, it will become stiffer. As a result, it loses tone and becomes difficult to play.
For this reason, many players find that investing in new banjo strings is a great way to extend the life of their old banjo. After all, when it becomes too dull to play, it’s time to spend the money on a new banjo.
It’s important to choose strings that are notched, and have been consistently strung on the banjo. This is crucial for playing the blues. Anyone who has attempted to play the blues will know that it takes a great deal of talent to create a sound that resonates throughout the room.
Many players find that the best ones to use for this purpose are Yamaha banjos that have been tuned to a high A. It’s important to get the strings exactly the right way round; as a result, it’s very important to consult the owner’s manual of the instrument that you’re using to ensure that it is correctly tuned.
In order to change banjo strings, all you need is the right tools and a screwdriver. The regular adjustable wrench can be used, but it’s not necessary as you can just adjust the tension of the strings by hand. The fine adjustment of tension is achieved by loosening each of the screws.
Once you have loosened all the screws, thread the nut that is holding the top-mounted screw in place, and then remove the screw. This will allow you to loosen the screw that is on the bottom-mounted screw.
Once you have loosened these two screws, you can remove the nut. Be careful not to lose the screw that is on the bottom-mounted screw!
Before replacing the old strings with the new ones, it’s a good idea to first look over the resonator with a magnifying glass. You’ll need to check for nicks, cuts and holes that may cause distortion. When you’ve found any damage, you can re-solder them, which should fix the problem.