Thursday, April 05, 2012

Earl Scruggs, January 6, 1924 - March 28, 2012

Of course, we all know the rule about banjo players and heaven:

Hopefully if there is a heaven, Jesus will make an exception ;).

-- Badtux the Music Penguin


  1. How could god (if he existed) turn away the legendary Earl Scruggs?

  2. Ah, Scruggs, those were the good old days, and gawd or not Earl went were he wanted to go when he departed.

  3. I do enjoy some genuine blue grass. Cute the way he bends tose notes by casually twisting the tuning peg.

    Those Lizards are damned good, too.

    But now I'm wondering -- what hope can there possibly be for a poor trombone player?


  4. Especially cute, Jb, when he casually twists the notes back *up* and just seems to automatically get them *in tune*. Banjo players are *never* in tune -- never -- it's an evil-tempered instrument, and he's in tune just casual-like.

    As for the chances of a trombone player getting into Heaven, I think you're safe. Now, if you were a tuba player... ;).

    - Badtux the Musical Penguin

  5. Actually, Earl invented the special tuners that allowed the proper de-tune (they were called - obviously - Scruggs pegs). The more expensive tuning machines incorporated them directly, other banjos (like my Ode) had a separate set of pegs controlling cams against the strings.
    It was always a hassle (but worth it) getting it just right.

  6. I actually knew that, bearsense. But you know how us guitar players are about banjo players, always making fun of the fact they spend more time tuning than playing, heh.

    - Badtux the In-tune Penguin


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