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Profchris - Posted - 05/22/2020:  13:49:34

One more thought - it might be worth listening to his playing to see if there are things you can learn.

At 18 I listened to a lot of jazz piano and I was unimpressed by Count Basie. He hardly played any notes, no showy runs, why did people say he was so good!

Now I listen to his work and marvel at his musicality. Always exactly the right notes in the right places. And the way he leaves space between the notes - magic! If I could have recognised this then, I'd be a better musician now.

As a banjo example how about Noam Pikelney? I'd say he plays fewer notes these days, and also that he's playing better than ever.

So, what about your grandpa's phrasing, the way he sells a song, and so on? If he does that better than you, he's still a better player no matter how fast and accurate you are.

JimmyBobby - Posted - 05/25/2020:  17:15:22

Originally posted by bigleaf
And can I add, Hunter, just how open and brave I think you are? At eighteen, I wouldn’t have had the emotional vocabulary to even express how I felt in the clear way that you did. You’re okay.

Well, I was just nominated as Valadictorian of my class ;).

It's 'valedictorian' bud.

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