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Practicing the "fiddle-grip"and sliding on the fretless banjo

Posted by erikforgod on Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Today I recorded "Buffalo Gals" and "Old Joe Clarke" for fun just to hear what I am doing. I also practiced "John Henry" again and tried to do a few things I saw Tommy Jarrell doing in that video playing the banjo. There are some folks that can learn stuff "technique-by-technique" and "note-by-note" but I have never been one to learn that way. No matter how hard I try,it always comes out sounding...different...likeme I guess. I guess we should listen hard and try to play what we hear,but also accept that its going to be "our-interpretation and celebrate that right?

I also watched that video on fretless "Round-Peak" style playing by Tom Collins of "New Hot Times" He gives a good tutorial on fretless playing and I have been practicing the "fiddle-grip" at least for the first position. Trying to roll onto my nails as I slide up or down a string. Its not so bad with the first finger but becomes considerably more difficult with the ring and middle finger. But having said that, the slides do have more bite and clarity when you doit...soI am working on incorporating that intomy fretless playing.



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