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practice, practice, practice

Posted by banjoclara on Sunday, March 6, 2011

 I just heard a bird outside my window tweeting a forward roll.  It must be time for a break!

16 comments on “practice, practice, practice”

Augie Says:
Sunday, March 6, 2011 @2:13:20 PM

That's nice, I thought that birds only tweeted the McDonald's diddy.

banjoclara Says:
Sunday, March 6, 2011 @3:13:01 PM


Augie Says:
Sunday, March 6, 2011 @3:33:16 PM

Hi Clara, I'm from Muncie and now live in PA. Good to have you on BHO and lots of luck to you in your new endeavor. If you haven't found a program for learning the banjo yet, I highly recommend the Murphy Method. Augie

banjoclara Says:
Sunday, March 6, 2011 @4:06:51 PM

thanks for the tip, fellow Hoosier! I have not heard of the Murphy Method. I will look into that. I have been playing along with some free online video lessons with David Cavage at I am practicing a song called John Henry and forward and backward rolls. I have only been at it about a month, but I have myself a nice little callous. So that's something!

Augie Says:
Sunday, March 6, 2011 @4:12:14 PM

John Henry or John Hardy?

banjoclara Says:
Sunday, March 6, 2011 @4:20:21 PM

John Henry- you know the American folk hero that raced against the steam powered hammer and won...only to die with the hammer in his hand?

Augie Says:
Sunday, March 6, 2011 @4:30:57 PM

John Henry was a steel driving man. OK, I haven't run across that yet.

If you do the Murphy Method, start with Beginning Banjo Vol 1. She starts with the most basic concepts and you grow from there.

I went to Ball University which used to be Ball State Teacher's College back a couple years ago. Let's see, that would have been back in 1964. Sounds like a long time ago doesn't it? :-) Augie

banjoclara Says:
Sunday, March 6, 2011 @4:37:40 PM

Thanks again! I just watched a sample on looks good! David Cavage probably made up that song, I don't sure isn't as popular as the McD diddy! No, that doesn't seem long ago at all!!!! Heck, I was already two years old by then!! :-) Thanks again for the suggestion. I am going to start with Volume 1 this week. -Clara

Augie Says:
Monday, March 7, 2011 @4:34:27 PM

Hi Clara, Did I wear you out yesterday with all the jabber? Who's the good looking kid in the picture? I just read what I wrote yesterday and want to clarify one thing. I graduated from high school in Eaton, about 8 miles North of Muncie. As with many things, the old school house is long gone. We lived on a farm about 3 miles South of Eaton, so I am a country boy. YUP I left home and moved to Muncie when I was 18 and lived there until I went into the Air Force. Thailand was one of my tours outside of the US during the Viet Nam skirmish. We also were in the United Kingdom for four years. After that we settled in Northern Maryland and then moved to Southern PA. Still here.

How's pickin going? Augie

banjoclara Says:
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 @5:56:58 PM

Hi Augie - Do you love it in PA? I grew up here in Indy, but lived out west for 20 years--then back to Indy for the past 10 years. That cutie pie is one of my 4 grandkids - isn't she a doll!? I ordered the Murphy Method Vol 1 you suggested from amazon for $17...waiting for it to come in the mail. I work full time so I squeeze in 30 minutes most every day...I can't wait for the dvd to get here! Thanks for the suggestion!! PS Thank you for serving our country - I have great respect for you for doing that!

Augie Says:
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 @6:29:56 PM

Hi Clara, Congratulations on buying the Murphy Method DVD. You will see how good she is very soon. I have been out West and I love the wide open spaces. I would have moved out there, but there was no work. My wife graduated from high school in Colorado Springs so she was familiar with the West. We settled here because that's where my job took me. I like PA and think that it is beautiful.

Yes, your granddaughter is a doll. They don't stay young and sweet forever, but you already know that if you have had children. Enjoy them while you can.

I just fed the horses for the last ime toonight and it is time to go to bed. Let me know how things are going. Highest regards Augie

banjoclara Says:
Saturday, March 12, 2011 @7:44:53 AM

DVD came in the mail today!! Time for my first lesson!

(oh I do savor every moment with the 4 grandkids!)

Horses?!!! Fun!

Augie Says:
Saturday, March 12, 2011 @8:55:26 AM

Hi Clara, Very good on the DVD coming. Yes the first lesson for the beginner is very important. I run into many beginners that tell me they are trying to work on stuff much beyond their level. I try to tell them that the only thing that I know of that works starting from the top and working your way down, is digging fence post holes. Ha Ha

Yes, I have two horses that I ride for pleasure only. They are both mares and they are both sweethearts. They are totally opposite in their horsenalities, but I know the difference and work with them to match the way they are. I don't try to make them iinto something they are not. That's a good philosphy with people too.

We have two grandkids, but they are college age and that means we don't do the huggy kissy stuff no more.

Keep me posted on how things are going. Happy pickin Augie

banjoclara Says:
Sunday, March 20, 2011 @6:00:38 AM

I am using the Murphy Method dvd and I like it so much more than trying to understand the book I had!! I am just at the beginning....I try to practice 15 to 30 min each day. I will be able to play more on summer vacaction. I am practicing C, G, D7 with the forward, backward rolls and square roll? I like that you memorize instead of reading TAB this is working for me better. I am learning the first song...but don't have it smooth at all yet!!! But I keep plugging along!! How are you doing? I bet you are much farther than me?

Augie Says:
Sunday, March 20, 2011 @2:28:34 PM

Well, Clara,

I have been at this for about a year now, so hopefully, I am making progress.

Good progress report from you. Even if you can only practice a short time each day, your playing will improve and you will get a lot of satisfaction. I tell people that, I hope that I live long enough to become a good banjo player.

I'm very happy that you are happy. Murphy is a peach of a teacher. Thanks for the comeback. Augie

banjoclara Says:
Sunday, March 20, 2011 @6:43:43 PM

Just did Banjo in the Hollow till my finger tips ached!! Thanks for the encouraging!

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