Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

Banjo Lovers Online

Time to Update

Posted by banjowannabe on Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Well my latest update is that for some reason I can pick out tunes on the banjo that I've never been able to do before. When I learned the rolls from Mr. Scruggs book back in the 80's, I thought that was how you had to do things. I'd also learned piano from a classical teacher, so I thought that was the method. Well guess what? It's a heck of a lot more fun and less work if you can play by ear. Now, my picking is pretty simple compared to a lot of the bluegrass players out there, but I know the basic rolls and have a fair amount of speed for an old guy. My son, a fiddle player, came home from college over Christmas, and said, " My gosh dad, you're better than I am." High compliment from an accomplished musician. He's actually somewhat incorrect. He can still pick up a tune about 10 times faster than I can, but I've been practicing, and my technique sounds good. Now I need to take a course on music theory. Seems to me that the more I understand about that, the easier it is to get where I want to go. All you folks at the Hangout have been great. I've been learning a lot about a lot of things. I sort of quit playing banjo a long time ago, because I thought it was limited in what it could do, but you're showing me that the banjo can really play in a number of different styles, and I'm learning that I can develop my own. Happy New Year and Keep on Picking.

Be the first to comment on “Time to Update”

You must sign into your myHangout account before you can post comments.

More posts from banjowannabe

Newest Posts

Click for Details 'SPBGMA 2022' 58 min

More >  

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories