Posted by hobogal on Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Count down to the arrival of the Nechville Zeus! Custom-neck for little hands, light-weight so no more dents in thighs... Supposed to be a reward for passing the course I'm doing (training to be a therapist for the NHS) but actually I don't finish until Sept. It's been b... murder - evenings and weekends spent doing coursework. If I don't pass, I lose my job (so no pressure!). If I don't pass I'm still keeping the banjo, even if I have to sell-up and live in a tent in my mum's back garden. With all the pressure, I haven't had as much time to practice as I'd like - but I've also realised it's important to make time for playing the banjo. It totally de-stresses me - kind of like a mindfulness thing, I can switch off.
At the moment I'm learning John Henry in key of D, Sandy Boys (in G modal - love that sound) and having repeated failed attempts at the Stanley tune Hard Times. I get obsessed with a tune and then have to try and learn it, even if its beyond me. One tune I can't stop listening to at the moment is Chris Warner playing Bonaparte's Retreat - he plays it in open C tuning (something I've never tried) and kind of makes it more syncopated and rag-like. It's really catchy. One to add to the ever growing list of tunes to learn...
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 @1:50:52 PM
Good luck Carrie! I can well understand how you find relaxation throught playing the banjo - I'm sure you'll find it helps with your study too - looking forward to some photos of the Zeus!
Cotton-eyed Joe Says:
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 @7:47:01 AM
Yep... Lookin' forward to the photographs...
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 @8:47:27 AM
Thanks. I've got bloomin' chicken pox so it might be a wait for those photos.
Am hidden away like a medieval leper...still, on the bright side, more time for banjo practice!
Tom Hanway Says:
Friday, June 1, 2012 @12:12:51 AM
Carrie, you have a wide musical palette as regards banjo. So many tunes, so little time.... ;-)
Saturday, November 10, 2012 @10:15:49 AM
Very pleasant picking...I still murder it ...but I only been playing two munfs....arf....
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