Posted by lousymom on Wednesday, December 21, 2011
I have been in a bad, bad mood. Gotta say, though that sitting around playing the banjo while watching Burn Notice and eating chocolate truffles is not a bad way to spend a bad mood. And playing the banjo with only half a brain seems to be helping me progress faster. It also helps that I have more time to play since my ex has the kids for so damn long this holiday. (Hence the bad mood)
I've learned some rolls that sound pretty cool. I wish I could figure out how to do some things more quickly. Someone gave me a great version of "You are my Sunshine" that sounds great. I can do most of the notes and rolls and it sounds right, but there is this one that's thumb-middle finger on third string with a slide-index-middle on third string-thumb (fretted 4th string on the 2nd fret)-index? (can't remember that last one off the top of my head) and it ALWAYS slows me way, way down. If I just practice that over and over and over and over, then I am faster with it in the song for about 2 minutes. Then, I go back to pick, pick, pick.........pick.........s-l-i-d-e........pick......pick.....pick, pick, pick, pick.
It's so frustrating. Plus, I want to be able to listen to other stuff and just start figuring it out, but I struggle to learn each new thing. I think it's a symptom of my no-kids-at-home bad mood. I had been pretty happy with my progress. Now, I'm frustrated.
Sometimes I hear songs on the radio with the banjo and I think "damn. I'm NEVER going to get that fast."
But I can tell I'm making progress because now just playing the chords for a song bores the snot out of me. I want to do the picking, not the strumming. And I guess at some point I should start learning to do the stuff that seems to involve picking alternated with strumming. That looks fun.
I suppose it would be irresponsible of me to drop out of life completely and just play with the banjo all day until I'm where I want to be with it. But, in my current mood, it sounds like a great idea.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 @12:59:15 PM
don 't be in a hurry, try to enjoy every minute. Remember if it was easy everyone would be playing banjo. Try to find some to play with or go to a jam even if you just watch it will be worth it. keep pickin' Gary C
Thursday, December 22, 2011 @6:25:00 AM
Hey Shelly, know where your coming from. We all are used to immediate gradification. Think of it this way. You've started a new journey. You look ahead and there's a long road in front of you with twists and turns, roadblocks, detours and even a couple of wrecks to try and avoid. Get's discouraging. But every now and then turn and look back. Wow! It's amazing how far you've come in such a short time. Remember, it's a journey not a destination. Have Fun!
Max Sand Says:
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @10:01:12 AM
Hey Shelly, Happy New Year! Before you know it 2012 will be turning into 2013 and you will have a whole year's worth of banjo experience. :)
I like you idea about dropping out and just playing banjo lol. Yep, that's my dream too.
You must sign into your myHangout account before you can post comments.
'Original Instrumental' 53 min
'Cam d - tuners' 1 hr
'Athens County' 1 hr
'Goodwill banjo' 2 hrs