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Learning a new tune

Posted by meritcooper on Sunday, May 24, 2009

I have been working on a new tune for myself for the past 2 days. It is like it finally clicked for me about learning a new song. When I played bluegrass and had a teacher, I was learning note for note tab and sticking to it always. I have been trying to learn to be my own self more since I have started with clawhammer. After a year now, I finally put some of it to good use. I took what Dan Levenson taught me about familiarizing myself with the tune to the point that you are singing it in your head. I knew what the basic tune was on my banjo with a simple tab, but playing the simple tab had no feeling and was too rigid. I have then put the tab away and played it for 2 days experimenting with different ways. Now, after playing it a million times, the song has stuck in my head how I hear it and have gotten my version now. It is not identical to the tab and it doesn't matter. I just realized that the tab is just someone's interpretation of how they think it should sound. Now, I feel enlightened. Oh yeah, and I can't get the song out of my head. It keeps playing in my mind at the grocery store and my fingers tap it out. It was not a major hard song, Angeline the Baker. What an awesome song.

1 comment on “Learning a new tune”

little ricky Says:
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 @8:02:30 AM

Kool Merit!  Keep up the hard work!  I myself gave up 3-finer and went to clawhammer, and am thankful that I did.  I can learn it much quicker and in my opinion, clawhammer is played with more feeling.  I got a lot of help from Mike Iverson and his web page that you can access from his home page.  He has instruction and a lot of tabbed songs that you can download and print, check it out.  Keep on pickin', er uh...... clawin'!  Little Ricky

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