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Posted by pcfive on Sunday, May 26, 2013

I need to get some perspective for a while. Two different teachers said my recordings are not in synch with the metronome. So I have to work on that. I think that only happens if I try to play fast, I think the slower ones are ok. But more carefulness is definitely called for. Trying to be a perfectionist, but now and then I get careless.

Meanwhile hell broke loose in other areas -- sickness and death in my family. Hard to concentrate on music. However, having something to focus on is better than just falling apart. The banjo got me through bad times in the past, so maybe it will again.

Just have to remember to be careful. When I really concentrate and listen to every note, things do seem to go well. I think my recordings -- bad as they may be -- sound so much better than in the past.

2 comments on “Perspective”

Common Tater Says:
Sunday, May 26, 2013 @6:09:45 PM

I'm sorry to hear of the death and sickness in your family.

Others' opinions are only sometimes helpful. Two teachers' opinions do carry a bit of weight but, in the end, you have to ask yourself: "Am I playing for them or for me?". If it's the former, then go ahead and fret (no pun intended) about your lack of timing. If you want to play for yourself, then file their criticisms somewhere and just have fun with your banjo(s).

For me, when I have to take a break from music, I find that concentrating on my front sight does the trick.

pcfive Says:
Sunday, May 26, 2013 @10:27:46 PM

I would never take a break from music. Especially not when there are tragedies.

I think I just have to be more careful with the metronome. I thought I was being, but maybe it's too hard to hear. Maybe a drum machine would be better.

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