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Count down begins!

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... 

5 comments on “Count down begins!”

Bluegrass-Gibbs Says:
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...
'appy pickin'

hobogal Says:
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.... ;-)

Jarvoid Says:
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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