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getting it

Posted by pcfive on Friday, April 8, 2011

Within the past month, I have started to feel like I am "getting it." I probably felt that way many times before, and then it turned out not to be true. But maybe this time it is? I feel like my right hand has learned something that can't be described. Well, it's muscle memory, but that doesn't really describe it. It seems to me that this is the basic foundation, and you have to get this before everything else. I have worked very hard the past 3 years, but I still don't know a lot of songs, and I still am not good at improvising. But, hopefully, I have built a foundation and can go on from there. 

I was at a jam session tonight and I could hear my banjo very well, and it sounded loud and, to me, it sounded good. I kept wondering if anyone else noticed how good it sounded! Probably not, because it just sounds the way a banjo is supposed to sound. But I am amazed, because it never really did before.

Of course I have to keep on working on tone and timing and speed, and always will. But maybe now I can spend a little more time on other things, like getting better at improvising and learning more songs. Now that I know some of the basic licks, I can string them together into songs and breaks much better than I could before. 

Anyway, after 3 years of hard work I feel like I have made it to square one. Maybe. Yes probably. And it does feel great.


5 comments on “getting it”

Karen Kruske Says:
Saturday, April 9, 2011 @6:10:15 AM

glad to hear you're pleased with your playing. Makes all that practice seem worthwhile, eh?

DandyRandy Says:
Saturday, April 9, 2011 @11:36:10 AM

And it gets better from here!

tgaryc Says:
Saturday, April 9, 2011 @6:03:08 PM

I am starting on my 4th year. I hear people talking about the first 5 years. I work on fiddle tunes and try to learn a new song and several versions of it every 2 weeks by memory. I am 65 and I can play the song by tab and make it sound right buy I have a hard time of memorizing it. I am trying a new system and it seems to work for me, I only work on one song at a time, and anyting else I play has to bee by memory (no tabs) Best of luck

Keith Harper Says:
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @1:15:53 PM

Congratulations, pcfive! Good news is always encouraging. Also, I really like your avitar :)

CurtissWhite Says:
Friday, May 27, 2011 @4:41:58 AM

Congratulation! And I love your avatar! lol

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