Posted by banjopaul67 on Friday, August 21, 2009
We're pretty fortunate to have so many tools to make learning the banjo somewhat easier nowadays. Not that its easy; any instrument is hard work, banjo included, but learning is made that much less painless by the wonderful technology we have available to us today.
I have a blog that I contribute to several times a week, and some of the things I blog about are useful tips and products that my blog readers might benefit from. Just tonight I blogged about a product called Riffmaster. This is an instant download product that allows you to slow down a pre-recorded music track, as well as loop it, so as to better copy what the artist is doing. I'd love it if you would visit my blog to see some more details about this product.
I know there are other products out there like Riffmaster (Slow Gold comes to mind) but no matter which one you choose, I think that the average beginner can greatly benefit if they do choose one! In the case of Riffmaster, a banjo picker can gain a ton of ability for playing by ear, because the gist of the program is that you open a pre-recorded song that you want to learn using Riffmaster, then proceed to slow the song down while keeping it in the same key. You can also loop either the whole song, or a small section of it (down to one note!) over and over so as to pick it out just right. Once it is learned and playable, using the speed controls to bring the track up a little at a time helps you to build in speed and accuracy.
As a banjo teacher, I recommend all beginners grab a tool such as this. Riffmaster is fairly affordable ($49) and available as an instant download. Click over to my blog to read more about it.
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