Red Tail Ring
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Hi! I can't tell you how impressed I am with the both of you. Your version of the blackest crow has brought tears to my eyes on more than one occasion. Thank you so much for the music you share with the world.

As a claw hammer player I find myself watching your version of pretty polly often on repeat. I was hoping you could share the banjo tuning for that song. It seems like it should be double c but when I try to play, it comes out all wrong.

All the best. Alex


Red Tail Ring responded on 05/16/2017
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Hi Alex,

Laurel is in a G modal tuning for "Pretty Polly." The only trick is that she capos up to the fifth fret to bring it to C modal. I believe she leaves her drone string where it would normally be in G modal. I think you'll have more success with that. Happy picking!
~Michael

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Have you got any plans to tour in Europe any time?


Red Tail Ring responded on 05/16/2017
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We have yet to officially announce this, but it looks like we'll be touring the UK at the beginning of next year (2018). We don't have any current plans to be in mainland Europe right now. We'll keep you posted via this list.

~Michael

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What pickup/mic is Michael using in the Martin when you play plugged in? Sounds great!


Red Tail Ring responded on 05/16/2017
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Hi Craig,

I just updated my pickup system on my guitar, and I've been really happy with it. The pickup is the K&K Trinity System, which is a dual source (mic+transducer) combo, that I eq using a Grace Designs FeLix. The FeLix allows me to eq each channel independently and to decide what blend I want of the two channels. The K&K pickup pairs well with K&K DI box options, I just decided to go whole hog with the FeLix - it's a box I've been coveting for some time. :)

Hope that helps. Feel free to ask any follow up questions you need.
Best,
Michael

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I love the sound of Laurel's banjo. I'm wondering what type of strings she uses on it. Thanks for the fantastic music!


Red Tail Ring responded on 04/01/2017
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Laurel uses D'Addario EJ55 Phosphor Bronze banjo strings. With that said, she has experimented a fair amount over the years to find strings that work best with her instrument. The nice thing about banjo strings, when compared to fiddle strings, is that they're really inexpensive. Happy hunting!
~Michael

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Is there any sheet music available? In love with that fiddle style and would love to learn. Katy came breezing soothes my soul in the best way imaginable. You guys are do admirable.


Red Tail Ring responded on 04/01/2017
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Lexi,

Thanks for asking. You are one of a bunch of people recently who have asked us about sheet music for our songs. Sadly, we don't have anything like that to offer up, especially because none of our music (as we're in the process of writing and conceiving it) has ever existed in sheet music form. Despite being schooled in a variety of ways, we still play everything completely off the page. There may be apps available that could help you out in your pursuit to learn songs. Best of luck!
~Michael

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How did you decide on your band name? What's it mean?


Red Tail Ring responded on 04/01/2017
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Hi Vivian,

We wanted to choose a name that incorporated some wild elements, so we chose the Red Tailed Hawk and the Red Fox as representative stand-ins for wilderness. The 'Ring' refers to many different things: cycles in nature, the 'ringing' of a bell or a tone, a general cooperation essential for making music. The way we approached our name was to embed powerfully and broad ideas, so we could use it as a jumping off point for inspiration and creativity.

Thanks for asking - best,
Michael (& Laurel)

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A few months ago you mentioned having shot a educational clawhammer video. I was wondering if you had any idea when we could expect to see that?


Red Tail Ring responded on 04/01/2017
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Here it is (link below)! It's a shorty, focusing more on general claw hammer banjo approach than the nitty gritty of any particular tune, but hopefully it gives you some sense of Laurel's approach. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEptAngk...


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Got no questions.


Red Tail Ring responded on 04/01/2017
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Right on - thanks for signing up.

~Michael