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Wanting to do an instructional DVD

Posted by John Mark Batchelor on Thursday, November 3, 2011

Need ideas for songs and feedback from all of you!

6 comments on “Wanting to do an instructional DVD”

Pickin furry paws Says:
Thursday, November 3, 2011 @8:34:58 AM

Man, you seem pretty talented, I think anything you choose will be accepted. If I were you, I would make it a mixture of original breaks to songs and some transcriptions of famous players' breaks. That would kind of get your "foot in the door" with regard to your own ideas while retaining a solid base in what most people expect from instructional banjo DVDs.

Wes Lassiter Says:
Thursday, November 3, 2011 @9:34:18 AM

You know Mark maybe you ought to do a DVD on pro tone and pro sound and achieving both. Both of those topics I have never really seen. Also adding Blues notes to Scruggs Style AKA some of the newer sound we are hearing. I think some of the picking is using fairly sanitized licks that I hear over and over again. Some of the stuff using the same Blues notes in the same way are getting boring to me. If I hear the leadoff like in Kickin up Dust one more time, I think I will go crazy for so many players are just copying that one lick instead of putting in the infinite number of variations by just using your noggin to make it sound cool as heck and making it your own. Anyway thats my 2cents worth. Hope all is going well with you and yorn.

Texasbanjo Says:
Thursday, November 3, 2011 @10:44:39 AM

Seems like all beginner books start off with Cripple Creek and other instrumentals that most beginners have never heard of. I'd ike to see a book start out with songs that people can SING and play along with. As a retired teacher, I can tell you that most of my students practiced more and enjoyed it more when learning a song that had words -- and a melody they could play and sing along with. Just a thought.

John Mark Batchelor Says:
Thursday, November 3, 2011 @11:35:31 AM

Thanks guys I'll take all of this in consideration

Wes Lassiter Says:
Thursday, November 3, 2011 @6:06:20 PM

I agree with really concentrating on using the banjo in conjunction with the song as it is sung and the emotion it can convey by adding those notes. That seems to be where it is at these days. (only the Stelling can be a little harsh:) just kidding!!!

banjo5don Says:
Thursday, November 17, 2011 @11:32:15 AM

IMHO, too little instructional material is out there on good back-up. With my students, as soon as they've mastered the right hand rolls to some degree, I begin talking about back-up. I'd like to see you do at least something in that area. My two cents...

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