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First 5 days with the banjo......

Posted by dustyhood on Wednesday, October 21, 2009

        Hello all, I have determined to be either tone deaf or I just cant tell the diference between a tuners g sound and the banjo I'm trying to tune. Could be just me....Thanks Uncle Sam for the hearing damage.........Well back to the lessons by yourself method. I have found it easier to try and find the chords than to do the roll for me anyways. The rolls are the most confusing thing to train my fingers to do but they say it will come. Just not when to expect it right.....I have been praticing at least 1 to two hours a day in two parts. 1 hour during my lunch break and 1 hour after the chores are done, horses don't care if you can or can't play as long your still there with them in the barn. My kids said why don't I pratice at home around them I said back until I can make a joyful noise I won't punish them for my hobbies rough stages. I started with the 215 roll and standard forward roll first. The 215 I think I could do slow and in tempo. But the fingers are slow to learn the Thumb hits the 4 string and the index hits it the next time.???????? OK work in progress... More to follow up with later I will try to post a short take on the progress later this week. Meeting a Old friend for one on one lesson tonight maybe... will see.....Take care and God Bless the ones who don't know him yet....

2 comments on “First 5 days with the banjo......”

Banjov1 Says:
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 @8:11:13 PM

Hang in there Dusty, If you're persistent it will come.

I definitely like the fact that you're separating finding the chords from rolls. It's easier to concentrate on one hand at a time when you first start and eventually it will come together.

Some easy rolls that first got me going were

Alternating Roll (sometimes called a square roll)
3 2 5 1 4 2 5 1 which should be fingered T I T M T I T M

Simple Forward Rolll
5 2 1 5 2 1 3 1 which shold be fingered T I M T I M T M

You've probably got books that are telling you simple licks as well. It's all good, but definitely keep up with the right hand/left hand separation practicing. That will really help you get going a little faster

Good Luck and stay with it

twayneking Says:
Thursday, October 22, 2009 @7:01:42 AM

Have fun!

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