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Holy crap! I'm making progress.

Posted by lousymom on Wednesday, December 7, 2011

So, I'm pretty slow. I don't have much time to practice. I do what I can, but between kids, job, parents, boyfriend, custody battle, trying to get exercise, housework, and just plain exhaustion, I don't seem to spend enough time with my darling banjo. Tonight, I got a bit of time. I bought new picks last night that are all my own and wanted to play with them. It was fun. I was messing around and then I realized something; I can play Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and the version of Boil Them Cabbage I've been working on from memory, relatively smoothly, and without looking at my hands at all. Plus, I'm getting the rolls down in a version of You Are My Sunshine the teacher gave me. I'm actually starting to get this! I was shocked. My slides and hammer ons are getting so much better. I'm getting quicker. I can find a bunch of the frets without even looking. Holy crap! When did this happen? It just seems like I spend all day wanting to play my banjo, but very little time playing. I know these are small feats, but for me, it's huge. I'm thrilled. Now, I just want to find some resources for learning to read music and music theory so I can learn and think about the banjo even when I'm away from it. Any suggestions?

11 comments on “Holy crap! I'm making progress.”

lousymom Says:
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 @9:17:48 PM

It seems that when I use my phone to post, it won't make paragraph breaks. Hm.

garman Says:
Thursday, December 8, 2011 @1:29:47 AM

I feel all the thought you put into the banjo without even touching it still counts, keeps the mind in the right place and help for when you do get to practice. Keep on keepin on. Good luck on your banjo journey.

racer Says:
Thursday, December 8, 2011 @7:08:03 AM

Hi you must have some talent the harder i try the behinder i get,i pretend to make chords with my left hand ,while i am walking or doing something else it seems to help with the memory ,its just a thought it seems to work for me happy picking.Ron

janeway Says:
Thursday, December 8, 2011 @8:56:59 AM

Hi Shelley, yes every little step you take makes for a wonderful feeling of achievement, ,It's great isn't it ? Keep on going hunny, us banjo ladies have to stick together, Lol

lousymom Says:
Thursday, December 8, 2011 @11:02:47 AM

Ron, what a good idea to make chords when walking and stuff. I'm going to try that. I think it's all the thinking when I'm away from the banjo that helps. Regardless of my problems, I fully consider myself a banjo person now, so I better get there!

RatLer Says:
Thursday, December 8, 2011 @11:56:48 AM

Thinking always helps...LOL Well maybe not, thinking gets me trouble sometimes..... :-)

lousymom Says:
Thursday, December 8, 2011 @12:02:03 PM

Lordy, thinking gets me into far more messes than not thinking. Maybe I'll stick with just not thinking.

DrBob Says:
Thursday, December 8, 2011 @3:22:10 PM

Sounds like 'Banjo Zen' to me, Shelly...but I'm a firm believer that, if ya' just plod along consistently, you just can't help but pick stuff up. Consistency and perseverence always pay. Keep up 'da good work.. :-)

lousymom Says:
Thursday, December 8, 2011 @3:33:24 PM

Thanks DrBob! It feels like Banjo Zen.

george pereda Says:
Thursday, December 8, 2011 @7:28:59 PM

I listen to really hard stuff- then I try to fake it as best i can--
There is always one piece of the fake that teaches me something.
also you can work off the middle string-there are many improves you can work from there cause you are playing in open G. try different things
where the fret markers are. I have been playing about 1 year- have alot to learn-like you.

Max Sand Says:
Sunday, December 18, 2011 @11:26:11 AM

Hey Shelley, sounds like you've come a long way in a short time. Well done! One thing i do which some people may not agree with is to leave my banjo on it's stand. This way it's there, i see it, i pick it up and i play. If it's in the case it's out of sight and out of mind. :)

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