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Posted by bodhi47 on Sunday, March 4, 2012

I am stuck. After learning tunes by memory there is always a two bar phrase that i completely forget. I call them 1st endings because they usually are the transition from the A section to the B section. Not necessarily the 1st ending, but maybe you know what I mean. It's driving me nuts. I keep having to go back and relearn the tunes that I thought I had memorized. Which ends up taking time away from learning new tunes. i think if the tunes I am learning weren't all arranged by the same person they might be more distinct from each other. This is the second memorization problem I'm having as I will "mix and match" parts from one tune onto another.
Just trying to be patient with myself but sometimes it gets hard.

4 comments on “memories”

tgaryc Says:
Sunday, March 4, 2012 @7:01:42 PM

as times goes by you will see some of the same "licks" in many songs. there are usually 2 or 3 different ways to play songs. On Blackberry Blossom I have 3 different versions of the A part and 3 versions of the B part, so at jams when that song comes up I can usually play something different than everybody else. It's all part of playing the banjo. Just keep learning new songs and keep adding to them. best of luck Gary C

RatLer Says:
Monday, March 5, 2012 @5:07:45 PM

Keep at it, you'll get to the point where actually "learn" the tunes rather than memorizing them. It's like tellin' a know the basic story but you tell it with your own phrasing and inflections...if that makes sense, I assure you it was by accident...LOL

bodhi47 Says:
Monday, March 5, 2012 @5:27:09 PM

Thanks y'all. Sometimes it's hard to be patient.

Hilarie Burhans Says:
Friday, April 25, 2014 @4:20:18 PM

I think the most important thing for you to do might be to sure you can whistle or hum or "la la la" the tune, without playing it on the banjo. I don't know your situation other than what I read in your comment, but it sort of seems like the problem is that you are too stuck on how to play the tune, when knowing how the tune goes is actually what you need to know.

Also, all those old time fiddle tunes sound the same anyway! ;-)

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