I'm a beginner banjo player (and first-time string player) and found myself drawn to wanting to learn the why/how of the neck and music generally. Straight-Ahead-Jazz for Banjo was recommended to me and I love the content, BUT even in the first exercises i find myself wondering what the optimal left hand fingerings are (I think I went through 3 or 4 different variations for the first exercise, and I still don't think I know the best way).
Has anyone else had this issue with the book and have some tips on where to find some videos of these exercises (or Tabs updated with the left hand details)? I googled around a bit, and searched the forum, but didn't find anything.
You've jumped into the deep end of the pool right away. Here's a discussion of the book: banjohangout.org/archive/188801. Pat's other book "Key to Five-String Banjo" would be a more helpful way to start. If it's possible i always buy directly from the author: patcloud.com. They make more money and you have contact with them when questions like these show up.
What you're trying isn't easy ... but it's a great trip. Have fun with it.
Old Hickory is absolutely right. There are no five string jazz players in this section of the BHO: primarily tenor players and a handful of plectrum players. If I were you, I'd contact Pat Cloud directly via his website.
Hi Anthony ... there have been several 5 string players who have posted on this topic. We’ve suggested a 5 string jazz forum but have never gotten any response, so most of us just stop posting. There’s a wealth of 5 string jazz info out there.
I reached out to Pat, and he got back to me, but wasn't super explicit with fingerings -- I presume he might want to leave this stuff open ended on purpose so people experiment. That said, I'll probably struggle my way through it for a bit and then book a skype lesson with him. His rates seem to be reasonable.
pearcemusic , wow! Thank you! that is a ton. It'll take me a while, but I'll jump into this once I get through the videos Pat sent over.
One thing I'm learning here is that this stuff requires STUDY, not just practice. Haven't had to study anything since University haha, it's quite a learning curve.