Sad news came in last Friday, October 23rd when we heard that the banjo icon Bill Keith had passed after a battle with cancer. Bill was one of the true innovators of the banjo, perfecting the Melodic Style of playing which allowed him to play fiddle tunes (and much more) note for note.
I was lucky enough to get to know Bill from the time I spent living in Woodstock, New York after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Bill lived just up the road and I would often go up to his house to learn as much as I could about the banjo and music.
I have decided to remember him by sharing with everyone one of the lessons I took with him back then.
This was originally posted on the Deering banjo website, but we decided it'd be good to show here as well in order to help people learn how to buy a banjo.
Of all the questions we receive about banjos, this has to be one of the most common. We will keep this explanation very short but if you have any further questions, send them to us and we’ll answer all of your questions.
So, by popular demand, here is our answer.