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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Roger Sprung Play Along Instruction


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coherent - Posted - 05/21/2020:  08:10:39


As a fairly new banjo player trying to learn to make music on this thing I've spend a lot of time here simply browsing and reading through the forum. One of the things that caught my attention recently were the many threads and posts regarding banjo legend Roger Sprung. The more I read about his instruction methods used in "Roger Sprung's Play Along Instruction Record for the 5 Banjo ... Bluegrass Style" the more intrigued I became. I do know that it was recorded many years ago before videos and released as an LP record. I found the techniques and methods discussed really interesting and it just sounds like a great way to learn to play, learn by ear and improvise... from a melody/tune to picking based on some standard rolls and progressions. I realize there are a few other instructional books and CD's out that include or are based on his techniques but I'd really like to get a copy of the original audio and see the "one page" written material included on the back cover of the LP. If anyone has a copy for sale or that they would be willing to rent/lend me, please PM me... I'd sure appreciate it. I no longer have a record player and don't know if there are any digital versions, but I'm sure I can figure something out.
Thanks.
Marc

NealR - Posted - 05/21/2020:  09:00:32


Good Morning,
I don't know anything about the method you're referring to however I spent a lot of self taught time, sort of a rudderless ship. I have recently signed up for Jamalong and it's been fantastic. Everything Braeden teaches revolves around "making music". Scales are done to a backing track, songs are played trading leads and backup. I'm 2 months in and I'm excited to practice because it's fun. The training is based on getting his students out jamming. It sounds like it's similar to the method you mentioned. Hope you find what you're looking for but if not this might be a good alternative.


Neal

Neil Allen - Posted - 05/21/2020:  10:20:07


I did try to get hold of this about a year ago. I was informed it might be possible to call him by telephone as he was not online. However, I didn't feel like bothering a very elderly gentleman and asking him to post a CD across the Atlantic.



However, there is an interesting blog post by Rich Weill here, if you have not already seen it.



I hope someone is able to help you with the original.

Neil Allen - Posted - 05/21/2020:  11:29:25


quote:

Originally posted by Neil Allen

I did try to get hold of this about a year ago. I was informed it might be possible to call him by telephone as he was not online. However, I didn't feel like bothering a very elderly gentleman and asking him to post a CD across the Atlantic.



However, there is an interesting blog post by Rich Weill here, if you have not already seen it.



I hope someone is able to help you with the original.






Just noticed the title that you refer to is the very blog post I mentioned. Duh blush

USAF PJ - Posted - 05/21/2020:  11:34:02


Hi Marc,
Rich is the "go to guy" for this. He may know how you can get what you need. Very amiable, contact him . How is your banjo search going?

Rich Weill - Posted - 05/21/2020:  12:23:35


Marc, Google “ Roger Sprung Folk Music Studio” and give him a call. His LP is now a CD, and he’ll certainly sell you a copy. How this transaction will work in the pandemic, I’m not sure, but you’ll both think of something.

Coincidentally, a comment was just posted under my blog entry about Roger’s CD from someone who called him earlier today. So you needn’t hesitate doing so.

coherent - Posted - 05/21/2020:  12:53:05


Thanks Rich, I did so and we chatted for a bit. Very nice guy and I enjoyed talking to him. I congratulated him on his upcoming induction into the 2020 Banjo Hall of Fame in Sep 2020. He said they offered to fly him to the ceremony etc., but he turned it down for health reasons. It was a pleasure talking to him and I think any calls to say just to hello and congratulate him would be warmly welcomed.

Alvin Conder - Posted - 05/21/2020:  17:00:50


Glad to hear that Roger is still running around. He has been around fornas looooong as I can remember and that is a long time.

I remember years ago, probably the 1970’s hanging around his van and him letting me try a few “old” Gibson banjos he had for sale. If I remember correctly he had a Convertedpre WWII Granada or Style 6 that he wanted about 2k for. Then that was a fortune. Do I passed.

He is certainly a one of a kind.

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