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Playing Since: 2007
Experience Level: Novice
Occupation: photographer/free-lance writer
Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Jim Mills, JD Crowe, David Petersen & 1946, Grascals, Kenny Ingram, Johnny Cash, Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Doc Watson, Jimmy Martin, Jim Lauderdale, Infamous Stringdusters, Aaron McDaris, Ron Stewart, Steel Drivers, Larry Cordle, Balsam Range, Darrell Webb, Boxcars, Dierks Bentley
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1 Year Down
Sunday, February 17, 2008 @11:48:34 PM
|Well, I've now been playing at this banjo thing for a year. In many ways, I feel like I haven't gotten very far. But, then I realize that a year ago I couldn't play any songs, could barely do rolls and a C Chord was going to be my undoing.|
Now, I can flip through the Hatfield Book I and pick out almost anything. My wife says she wishes I had recorded my playing every month so I could play it back now.
My timing is pretty bad, I know. I know I change speeds in a song, and I still have to mostly play from tab. Having trouble committing songs to memory.
Things have gotten really fun. The down turns don't seem to last as long. I realized today that a lot of it just seems to be that I need more time to play.
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Monday, February 18, 2008 @9:46:44 AM
I hear you. I've been at it about 9 months and feel the same. I put my own tunes together which are very melodic and are "addicted" to playing them instead of plowing through my books. It would serve me well to stop with my own and stay in the books. The Trischka Melodic book is where I want to be. I too am a little slow to put things to memory. The best way to do that is to simply play one measure over and over again until you can play by heart and then move on. Another hard thing for me is playing certain licks where you play the inside strings T,1 and 2 right next to each other rather than say, T, 2 and 3. If that makes sense? I play a Scruggs Mastertone witha Tony Pass rim which sounds just awesome. I use D'Addario lights and a Scorpion bridge. I had a Snuffy but there was just too much overtones on it. I think every banjo is different, no matter the make, and that each one needs bridge, strings combo to get the right sound- some one else may have the same banjo and get the sound from different set up. Players I like are Bill Keith, T Trischka, Fleck, Bobby Thompson, Mark Vann, and Tony Ellis. I respect traditional driving bluegrass style but want to play jazz, rock, folk, etc. I play melodic with a hint of clawhammer thrown in. I live in Wytheville, Va.
|Greg Connor Says:|
Monday, February 18, 2008 @11:29:51 AM
I bought my Deering Golden Era back in August. My New Years resolution is to learn how to play this thing as well as I can by the end of the year.
I am mostly trying to have fun.... there are enough other things in my life to cause stress.
Like you, I'm noticing a little progress, and I'm having a ball !!! Enjoy Yourself.
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