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Practice, Practice, Practice

Posted by bodhi47 on Sunday, August 14, 2011

Been working really hard at Woodchuck's method for learning banjo. Still on bum-de,or as I like to think of it as alternating eighth note 2 string pattern. Probably should stick with bum-de. Start at 50 bpm and slowly build up in speed. Still having a lot of trouble hitting the 2nd string clean (fourth one too for that matter). Also added in a little learning to keep me motivated and picked out most of Old Joe Clark by ear. Last 2 measure is still eluding me as I can't remember the melody for that part. I'll probably give in and look it up on yootoob. Learning the song got me excited again. I'm going to see if that can be part of the practice time is learning licks for part of it and learning a song for part of it to make a complete practice session.

3 comments on “Practice, Practice, Practice”

Karen Kruske Says:
Sunday, August 14, 2011 @4:18:13 AM

I like your enthusiasm, but I'd entitle it "fun, fun, fun". It seems to be easier to sit and play thinking about it as a fun experience, playing a song or two (as best as we can) and then also mixing in some disciplined practice. Unless you are in a hurry to get it all together (play with a group, go pro, impress your girl/spouse, just take it easy and enjoy the ride. Have a good time and we'll wait for a music clip from you! :-)

bodhi47 Says:
Sunday, August 14, 2011 @3:47:38 PM

it's gonna be a while on that music clip : ) And practice is fun! It's the drills and such that I find challenging. Frustrating as well. And there really isn't any hurry except what I impose on myself. Just my nature to push...

tgaryc Says:
Sunday, August 14, 2011 @5:41:22 PM

I divide my practice in to 3 sections one working on songs I am learning, one on rolls, and one just to have fun, you know the saying All work and no play....
I am a three finger guy, but I do work on the bum ditty also. playing with others is a lot of fun and will show you where you are at and what you need to work on. best of luck Gary C

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