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The Joy of Sour Notes...

Posted by BrentSims on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Well, I've had my Prust tackhead banjo for 5 days now. Considering the fact that this is my first real banjo, it's freetless, I don't have a clue and I cannot afford a professional teacher at the moment I think I'm doing fairly good for a worn-out ol' geezer. I do have about a year of on-and-off Ukulele playing behind me and even though I failed miserably at attempting to learn the Uke I'm sure this probably makes learning Banjo a whole lot easier.


I've so far figured out the basic melodies for Hatikvah and two of my favorite Adon Olam tunes. I've learned Hava Nagila from tab. I've also learned “She'll be Coming Round the Mountain” and “Cripple Creek” from tab. That isn't to say I can buzz through them a 200bps. I can, however, play them well enough to make me happy and that is good enough for me.


Much to my surprise I've found myself really enjoying “Briggs' Solo Banjo Music 1855 TAB Version” by Mr. Rob Mackillop. I'm fairly certain that I have a better chance of winning the lottery than I do of ever being able to play anything accurately on the banjo at 100bps or more. Fortunately all the pieces in Mr. Mackillop's freely downloadable ebook sound great at 40bps or so and having my Prust tackhead tuned way low (dADF#A) only adds to the enjoyment I get from playing these wonderful old Minstrel tunes.


Still haven't build up enough courage to post a sound clip though.

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