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Posted by pcfive on Saturday, May 19, 2012

I recorded myself today and thought it sounded pretty good. What a difference from a year ago or even six months ago. So I guess I will keep my practice routine more or less the same. I spend more than an hour each day playing songs I know well with backing tracks. This is to continue getting muscle memory,  to continue improving timing and rhythm and tone, and speed.

I also spend time playing banjo alone with no backing tracks or metronome or anything. And I play along with some youtube videos. I learn a new song maybe every two weeks, sometimes from tabs but mostly by ear.

Once in a while I go through my instruction books again -- the Janet Davis books Splitting the Licks, Backup Banjo, and Up the Neck.

What I am doing seems to be working for now, because I still want to improve timing and tone and speed. I am not trying to do anything very fancy or difficult.

One other thing I am doing is trying to get a more old-timey sound for certain songs. I think I have a pretty good arrangement for Sail Away Ladies, where I use a lot of hammer-ons and open strings.

1 comment on “T & T”

JMalmsteen Says:
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @7:00:34 AM

Post something! :)

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