If you've been to our web site before, you may notice some changes. For starters, we have a new name: The ToneWay Project. Our “Mountain Music for Everyone” moniker will still be used on our materials and elsewhere, but the main name was changed to reflect the ongoing nature of our work.
In addition, we have a new, short, easy-to-remember website: ToneWay.com. I've been working on the new site since early 2009; much of the changes are “under the hood”, but there are some significant improvements to the JamPool so I hope that makes it even more useful going forward. There are also more changes on the way; more videos, some enhancements to the song collection, perhaps… suggestions welcome!
Finally, we have the new blog. What will show up here? Who knows. Stay tuned!
Luke and the gang
Off topic: Hey, I’m just getting started with the ToneWay method. So far, I’m really enjoying the experience. However, I have come across one possible problem. I attempted to register my “Get Started Plus, Core Songs Edition”, and it was registered as the Jamnables version. This may be making a mountain out of a molehill, but I thought that you should know. Keep up the good work, on this site and with your teaching.
@Paul: Get Started with Jammables was the old title, but they’re basically the same book. Probably time to change that, though. Thanks for the feedback and for registering!
I certainly appreciate the left handed inserts in your book. It makes us left handed fiddlers feel included for a change:) Your weekly videos are far out and fun-fun-fun!!! Thanks Abbotts!!!
Hey Fred! Your comment is actually quite timely, as it just reminded me that I should offer a left-handed version of the online workshop as part of my current upgrade to this website’s video offerings. So, thank you! And I’m happy to hear you like the bloggy videos too!
Hello Ed! The tenor banjo is tuned seven frets lower (or five frets higher in a different octave) than the fiddle and mandolin—like a viola is. Because the strings are tuned seven frets apart, you can play anything you’d play on the fiddle or mandolin in the same key on the banjo by shifting one string over (toward the thinner strings). Put a capo on the fifth fret, and it plays just like a fiddle/mandolin!
Someday we’ll have something more polished for this instrument. Thanks for writing.