Posted by Stev187 on Thursday, June 21, 2007
BANJO GOALS / MID-TERM GRADES
Okay, I could get silly with this, but I won't. I do want to provide myself with a little self assessment about how I am doing with my goals. This is the 6-month mark, so I want to check in. I'll do this again just before Christmas.
For this self assessment, I will use the following scale:
5 = Exceeds anticipated/desired progress
4 = Meets anticipated/desired progress
3 = Adequate progress but more is desired
2 = Not enough progress made
1 = Limited to no progress
The scale is based on "desired progress," not a benchmark of where I'd like to be with a particular goal in the future. For example, rating myself a "4" on 3(a) Drop Thumb Playing doesn't mean that my drop playing is adequate. It means that I have made adequate progress toward the goal.
GOAL #1: Play Well (and Often) With Others 3.3
1(a): Fiddle duets.
Finding Bob and playing regularly happened much sooner than I anticipated, thanks in large part to the web site Sugar in the Gourd. Bob and I share the same goals, we have about the same interest and skill level, and it's a great match. There was a reason this was the first objective--it was the most important to me. I am very happy with the progress here.
1(b): Regular jams.
Once I began playing with Bob, my interest in attending jams dropped considerably. There are only so many times in a month to play, and I wanted to focus on playing with Bob. After MBC, however, I became aware of other old-time players in driving distance, and it might be fun to play at organized jams. This is a less important goal now, though.
Being a "Muso" at MBC was a great experience; I think that I can count on doing this every year, as bass players are in-demand. I also think that I will make it to Clifftop this year. That might be my entire Festival/Camp program for a year; we'll see. Actually, that might be enough. Perhaps I should have rated this higher, but I've only been to MBC as of now.
GOAL #2: Learn More Tunes 3.67
2(a): Learn Bob's tune list.
During the half dozen times Bob and I have practiced together, we have played a number of tunes on his list. But I have been much less concerned about the "list" than I was at the beginning. When we play, I prefer to play tunes that we've played before so we can continue to learn each other's styles. That said, I want to continue learning tunes that Bob plays.
2(b): Learn tunes from the DVDs. 4
I've done this and found it quite helpful. Bob Carlin's NC DVDs have been nice for this. The idea is to really break down a tune and try to play it exactly as someone else did. I think this is a great exercise, but nothing you'd want to do all the time. For me, it's a great way to learn stylistic things in context. I've been using the videos.
2(c): Keep your ears open. 4
GOAL #3: Get Better (Improve Technique) 2.3
3(a): Drop thumb playing.&nbs
Friday, June 22, 2007 @12:57:36 AM
Sounds good to me. I like your ability to objectively view your actions and quantize your progress. I wish I had the same discipline. I believe that is very important. I just don't seem to be able to do it. Good job!!
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