Posted by GrassFire on Friday, February 12, 2010
So Matt and I went for an hour this time. I really like the feel that I'm getting, and he's a great teacher - very patient with an old dork like me. We had originally planned on "Boil Them Cabbage Down", but it just doesn't have the same bluegrass feel that "Cripple Creek" has (at least the way I play it - he really proved me wrong when he hit it on his Deering). So we worked through CC (maybe it's just my forceful personality?) :)
Just the fact that I have someone pushing me will make me a better player. I've got a long way to go, but I'm determined to at least be able to knock something resembling a song out by the time my annual crawfish boil rolls around. I've invited him and his band to provide the entertainment this year, and I'm hoping they might invite me to play a tune (I'm guessing it will be Cripple Creek :) - we'll see.
Anyway, if you're reading this and aren't getting lessons from a real person, I encourage you to give it a shot. There's something about sitting next to someone that really knows what they're doing and can show you little tricks. Matt's already made me better (even though I still suck pretty badly).
He's giving me lots of stuff to work on - I'm vamping tonight (and tomorrow, and the next day, etc). Backup is one of those things that I think you really need to get the hang of. Also, he's killing me with the full D Maj/C Maj. I thought I could fake it with the D7, but no such luck.
Until next time - keep pickin' (and thanks Matt - you're making me better every day.)
Saturday, February 13, 2010 @5:58:52 AM
Backup is the most importent thing about playing the banjo. Learn the neck, it will be worth it.
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