You mentioned, in the Q&A section of your ezine that you change your strings after playing several hours. Mine have never been changed although so far they have kept good tone.
If I start playing as much as as think I will, I’m going to need quite a few sets. What are the best strings to buy, and where would I find as many as it appears I’m going to need?
I noticed that you always use your strap. Considering how heavy my banjo is, it feels very uncomfortable using my strap. Do you think I should use it on a regular basis?
Joe, I would definitely recommend changing your strings every 8 to 10 hours of playing at the least. Some people change them a lot more. This is considering that you’re doing heavy consistent picking.
I just ordered 10 sets from fqms.com. They’re the greatest when it comes to ordering banjo strings. If you order a large enough quantity then you’ll get free shipping, and they’re shipping was very quick.
I order a light gauge string .009-.020. Whether they are GHS Crowe Signatures or Martin Vegas. Either are great and the both run about $2.50 per set. These two are currently my favorites.
I would try to use your strap as much as possible. It just keeps you in a good posture. It also helps distribute the weight of your banjo. When it comes to weight, here’s a little trick. You’ll notice a significant comfort level change when you switch from a narrow strap to something a bit wider.
I would also recommend switching shoulders from time to time if your standing for a significant period. By the way, I’m getting ready to giveaway one of our new signature leather banjo straps to a subscriber of our ezine so make sure that you’re signed up!
Thanks for the great questions!