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Playing Since: 2012
Experience Level: Just Startin'
Banjo; Fender FB-54,
StewMac kit banjo bought used needs a little tlc but plays just fine
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This is hard for me
Friday, August 03, 2012 @5:48:45 AM
Mentally I am struggling. My brain and fingers don't communicate well sometimes or should I say most of the time. Slowly I'm getting it. Still not coming down on a C chord well at all. I get there but it's ugly. Now throwing in an F for old joe clark. Hmm I thought the C was tough. I know I need to prep for the chord and in my head I know it's coming but my left hand/fingers just don't get the info soon enough so I come to a screeeeeching halt. It's a struggle to get my fingers in the correct position regardless but you'd think I could at least have the first two in place like a D7.
I just got everything I need, very basic, set up to record myself. I hope to do that in the next few days. I guess I'll just go through and play what I can without stopping and then clip out the dead areas. I know I'm improving. I'm not quitting anytime soon just wish I had done this when I was younger. But it's never too late.
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|Old Man Says:|
Friday, August 03, 2012 @6:14:14 AM
There is a few people that pick up real fast but the majority of people who are trying to learn, that has never been aroud the music .Takes awhile .matter of fact the oldies I have ask say's about 5 years and I for one thanks that is about right ,Oh you will learn songs all the way thru but after about 5 years it really starts to click with alot of practice.I should have got a teacher way before I did. They are some who will tell you they are Earl after a year may be so aftyer 16 hours aday. Just Saying
Friday, August 03, 2012 @6:38:25 AM
Thanks Old Man. I know It's going to take a while. I have no aspiration of playing for anyone but myself and maybe if someone else is nearby and hears the noise I try to call music. Hopefully they throw fruit and not rocks.
I am in for the long haul, just getting anxious to be able to play through a few songs and enjoy it more than listening to the radio or cd in my truck. I try to practice at least 30 minutes each day. Sometimes I get more sometimes less. You do what you can.
Friday, August 03, 2012 @8:28:08 AM
there is a vamp that goes bank and forth from a D shape to an F shape with out picking up your fingers(in other words a G using the F shape to a G using the D shape) that will really help you on those 2 shapes. The Murphy Method has this in one of there DVD's. G C
Friday, August 03, 2012 @11:18:09 AM
You can also go up the neck using the F and D shapes -- make that awful "F" chord and the without moving your ring or pinkie, exchange your index and middle fingers and move up one fret to a D chord, then exchange those two fingers again, move up one fret to a G chord - and do that all the way up and back down the neck - you can use either a strum or a pinch. After you've done that a few times, those chords are easier to make.
Friday, August 03, 2012 @9:32:40 PM
Hello Rich. I know the feeling about starting earlier. I started a year ago at 57 and I really enjoy it. I played a little guitar in my youth and I think that helped me with the chording. Only one I really have trouble with is "D" but finally, it's coming around. Lots of practice.
Do you have a teacher? They are well worth the money. A good teacher and lots of practice and you will get it. By the way, on your recording, don't worry about editing them. Post them "as is" for folks on here and you'll recieve lots of free and good advice. We've all been where you're at now and the support will come.
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