Last night saw the second meeting of the Wakefield Banjo Club & a great night it was as well. We had two new members join the throng & I hope they had a great night, they certainly seemed to. Let's hope that this is the start of something special and the club builds from strength to strength, if your Yorkshire based why not join the Group banjohangout.org/group/wakefieldbanjoclub even if you can't make the monthly meetings we are planning to hold some great events including concerts & workshops.
Last night was yet again hosted by the clubs professional Tim Howard who did an amazing job, he played some great tunes on both Tenor & 5-String whilst entertaining us with the history of the songs and great tips for playing. Tim even ended up giving an impromptu workshop on harmonics & encouraged by the reception he moved on to triplets, when to use them (& when not to), he demonstrated their value by playing some reels, first without & then with. The group discusions were great fun too and people are definitely starting to feel more at ease and the suggestions for future events were in full flow. I was inspired and played a solo (Old Joe Clark), it seemed to go OK and I only fluffed a couple of bars. Later I played it again accompanied by Tim which was achievement for me because I've never managed it the whole way through when playing a duet. A highlight for me was my mate Dave who gave us a couple of tunes on the Dobro, he has only been learning it a couple of months but sounded brilliant, looking forward to future jams.
Looking to the future we want to keep building the club, we're eager to get more members, some more Tenor players would be good, perhaps some banjo uke players, who knows, everyone is welcome.
Any ho ranted on too long as usual, happy picking guys, let me know any thoughts, ideas etc.
Thanks for your Old Joe Clark rendition Beer Junky. It was really impressive and shows what can be achieved in a relatively short time with a bit of practice and a good tutor. Another cracking night all in all.
Iím planning to get up myself at the next meeting and do a couple of songs. I was thinking of getting up at the front and using Timís mike and amps etc, since that would be new experience and could be quite a laugh, although maybe I will crack under the pressure! I think I should choose a couple of tunes I am learning at the moment from the book which seem fairly straightforward Ė maybe Coming Round the Mountain and Down the Road.
I was wondering also if I should learn another tune not in the book to give some variety to the audience - maybe Arkansas Traveller. Iím not sure how difficult that one is. Tim has said he will give me a tab for it.
Any suggestions welcome though regarding good tunes which may be worth learning and are not too hard - a key requirement at this stage of my career!
Thanks Lonesome, I was a bit apprehensive about playing a solo but once I got into it I thoroughly enjoyed and wish I'd used the PA, I will next time. As for songs, I think 'down the road' would be a great tune to do, if you do want something extra ask Tim for 'St Annes Reel', it's a great tune and apart from a tricky stretch when moving up the neck it's quite easy to play (Tim will tell you whether you're ready for it or not). I'm scouring my song books looking for a new tune myself, need to make sure I get at least 2-3 weeks practise to be confident enough ;-)