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8 wks, lots of FastFret and 3 coffees - 140bpm FMB

Posted by Patrick Randall on Thursday, April 19, 2007

8 weeks into learning banjo today. I'm not very proud of this week's upload:

I've taken note of comments on the forum and have been practising slower with more with an emphasis on clarity and I was quite pleased with results. But I just started on YCTYB Lesson Wabash Cannonball and that is so rough I can't record it yet so I've fallen back to FMB. I managed 125bpm last week and just couldn't resist trying to push it to 140bpm. I shouldn't have - way beyond my limits and it sounds pretty bad. The chaps at the local park jam seem to whizz though it much faster (I know I taped them and timed it). Ah well..

3 comments on “8 wks, lots of FastFret and 3 coffees - 140bpm FMB”

larock Says:
Thursday, April 19, 2007 @5:25:28 PM

You should pat yourself on the back, Patrick ! How you can call yourself 'just startin' is beyond me. I have been playing ( if you can call it that ) 8 months.... and I am still on Boil them cabbages down.  At this rate, this time next year, you will be able to call yourself a novice !    

arabella Says:
Thursday, April 19, 2007 @9:22:55 PM

Keep at it Patrick!  I've just picked up after many years!  Oh, but me, I just had to try Cripple Creek!  I don't have a teacher, but I do have a wonderful DVD by Greg Cahill. So, I follow that, & I played very slowly to start with!  I'm finally almost up to the correct speed, And I've been at it for 2 months!  I don't get to practice much, but love it when I do!  I'm also trying Under the Double Eagle, and Grandfathers Clock!

Some day I may be as good as some of the others!  But, I'm living a dream, learning to play Bluegrass music!

Good Luck to Ya!


"How can one not be happy, when they hear a banjo play?!"

Bongshang Says:
Friday, April 20, 2007 @2:57:07 AM

Hi Patrick, You're getting a superb sound out of that banjo! Well done. And for 8 weeks playing - incredible! I would say though, you should play it slow for a little while till you get over some stumbling blocks. There's a forward-backward roll in the Em part that I can hear you skipping over there. You sort that out, and you're onto something! I'm very impressed, JJ

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