Posted by RUBY2 on Saturday, February 6, 2010
Well I think it is about time I let everyone know how I am doing with my practice.
I have still been a very good boy with regard to my practice routine, putting in between 40 mins and 1 1/4 hours practice a day since my last blog entry. I have put a bit more effort into what I practice each night and have now got a routine consiting of some scales and single note song practice and then on to some chord melody song practice and finishing with some chord practice. I need to add some tremelo practice now though.
I am about 3 songs off completing my Joe Carr Beginners banjo, this has tab notation as well as standard notation. I will be a bit dissapointed to not have any more of this book to go at although I will be happy with my progress in finishing it. Luckily I have time into each practice session learning the Mel bay Complete Banjo Method and Chord melody book, this has no tab notation so you have no choice but to learn standard notation. This is a slow process for me, but I think it is the only way forwards.
I am getting a little stuck now, I can't quite get my mind around flats and sharps and a few other things so before stagnate practicing the same things each night I am going to look into getting some lessons. I have enough to get on with until the end of the month but I must get some lessons booked for when I get paid at the end of the month. I have found a very nice sounding chap in the same town. I just have to get over my nerves and panic attacks and get over the first nervous meeting. I am sure I will find it fun once I get over the nerves.
I have my new Vega Professional to look forward to playing but I have the resonator at a luthier for repair as the couriers managed to damage it even though It was packaged like a mummy.
Thats enough for now. I think I will blog again when I have my first lesson.
Sunday, February 7, 2010 @12:00:42 AM
Don't wait too long to get a teacher. It really helps to have the live feedback. A teacher can see what you are doing and correct you on the spot. He can show you how something is supposed to be done until you get it right. Then you can practice something correctly. That being said, congratulations on your progress with your Joe Carr materials!
Sunday, February 7, 2010 @6:20:12 AM
Thanks for the support and help.
Sunday, February 7, 2010 @7:21:26 AM
With respect to accidentals, there are only two instances where the whole notes lack one in between them. They are the transition from B-C and E-F. All others have an accidental.
Thus, the chromatic scale as you follow each fret of the 1st string in standard tenor is as follows:
A - Bb - B - C - C# - D - Eb - E - F - F# - G - Ab - 12th fret you're back to A.
Consider it your musical alphabet and memorize it as such, and you're there.
Sunday, February 7, 2010 @7:38:22 AM
Oh my god i feel as though I am going back to school rod learn algebra LOL.
Cheers I will have a look at that.
Sunday, February 7, 2010 @8:57:26 AM
LOL, believe me, it's not as hard as the dreaded algebra which I hated too.
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