Video – Titania’s Music Box

An exercise in restraint. With the exception of the introduction and ending, this tune is composed from a palette of 9 harmonics.

For those of you who don’t play stringed instruments, perhaps I should explain that a “harmonic” (in this context) is a note which is played while lightly touching the string in one of several mathematically significant locations. The finger on the string prevents certain vibrations from occurring, while leaving other vibrations unobstructed. The result is that we hear a different pitch. If you want to know more, Google and Wikipedia are your friends. 😉

The title of this tune is, of course, a reference to the queen of the fairies in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. And yes, this will be on my upcoming solo banjo CD. 🙂

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  1. Benji, I just listened to your “Titania’s Music Box” and was floored! What a beautiful job you did on this. I’m always amazed at what new sounds, tones and harmonics we can get out of banjos. It was good seeing you at IBMA and I look forward to hearing about Monroe Crossings upcoming adventures, especially the Bluegrass Cruise and Euopean Tour. All the best. Tom

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