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Bad, bad mood

Posted by lousymom on Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Hello all,

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.

3 comments on “Bad, bad mood”

tgaryc Says:
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

RB4picker Says:
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.

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