Prewar Gibson Mastertone Banjos Trying to identify your old Gibson banjo? You've come to the right place! The Gibson Mastertone banjo set a standard of excellence among four-string players beginning in the jazz era of the 1920s and has been the definitive banjo for bluegrass music ever since five-string virtuoso Earl Scruggs came to prominence as a member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in. Note: MIH The Q&A column (now renamed FAQ to conform to I'net practice) was one of the most enduring and popular features of Mugwumps magazine. Before you email your questions, use our Search Engine to look for information anywhere on the Mugwumps website. Notes: Soldier's Joy introduces playing in C tuning, and demonstrates the similarity of C tuning left hand positions with left hand up the neck patterns in G tuning. The first Soldiers Joy MP3 is the classic clawhammer/bluegrass banjo duet recorded by Earl Scruggs and John McEuen on the groundbreaking Will the Circle Be Unbroken album. Earl Eugene Scruggs (January 6, 1924 – March 28, 2012) was an American musician noted for popularizing a three-finger banjo picking style, now called "Scruggs style", that is a defining characteristic of bluegrass music.His three-finger style of playing was radically different from the ways the five-string banjo had been historically played. Neil Percival Young OC OM (born November 12, 1945), is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. After embarking on a music career in the 1960s, he moved to Los Angeles, where he formed Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and others. Young had released two solo albums and three as a member of Buffalo Springfield by the time he joined Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969.