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Almost Two Months Now...

Posted by AndyC100 on Saturday, June 7, 2014

How time does fly, it only seems like yesterday when I first picked up my 5 string banjo for the first time having never played an instrument before, and on looking back I do feel that I am very pleased with the progression that I achieved.

Constantly learning new techniques by listening to vids, reading the forums on here and to the groups that I follow on facebook. The list of tunes being added to my repertoire is ever increasing having now memorised the following

  • Boil them Cabbages Down
  • Cripple Creek
  • Blackberry Blossom
  • Cumberland Gap
  • Banjo in the Hollow
  • Salt Creek

I have been fortunate to have found a good tutor within my local area and who is also a member on here, Andy Robinson, who is also a member of a very popular local band called Paddy's Whiskers, check them out....

Had my first lesson with Andy on Wednesday last for an hour which went really well and got a big buzz from it.  I did put in about two hours of practice before the lesson just to make sure I was playing as well as I could and still manage to go to pieces when playing in front of him, very similar to not performing very well whilst under the pressure of recording oneself, I'm sure this will pass and just a case of getting used to it.

Lesson went really well, we played Cripple Creek together with the Banjo's and Andy also played backing with his guitar, just to listen to the sound of his banjo was amazing to tone and crispness of each note was awesome, he uses a Gold Tone and certainly one that I would look at when the time comes to upgrade....

Concluded the lesson with an intro into a new tune for me, this being Salt Creek (or Salt River) which is normally in the tune of "A" but modified to play in "G".  I was that buzzing after the lesson I continued playing determined to pick up this new tune which I have now added to the memory banks, just need to work on my timing and clarity of hitting the notes as this is certainly a step up from what I am used to up to now, particularly with the left hand action and the stretching of the pinky....

Have decided to continue with the lessons on a fortnightly basis in the hope that this will keep me on track....

A little bit shorter than the last blog post but do now feel that I am getting a little direction on the way I now wish to proceed with the banjo, its an amazing instrument and really enjoy playing it........

Best wishes to y'all now!!!

3 comments on “Almost Two Months Now...”

Banjo Vern Says:
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 @9:45:20 AM

Good to hear it's going well. A good tutor certainly makes a huge difference, I should know I was lucky enough to study with Joe Mac.

Banjules Says:
Sunday, July 6, 2014 @2:04:17 AM

You seem to be doing really well for such a short time. A good tutor does seem to be the answer. A thing you touched on that really gets to me is the difference in playing to yourself and to scrutiny. I can handle a tune ok in my office all on my own but put me in front of an audience and I've suddenly grown ten thumbs!

rockytom09 Says:
Friday, July 25, 2014 @4:47:39 PM

Great to see progress like this. It's an inspiration to old pickers (plunkers) like myself. Wish I could afford a tutor.

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