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Singing With Banjo Episode 1

Posted by dennism on Thursday, November 6, 2014

Well, I tabbed out "Gotta Travel On" in drop C. I put a picture in my "photos" here at banjohangout.

I selected that tune because it uses the good old C, F, G7 progression, it's short, and the lyric is already in my memory bank.

I practiced singing and playing it yesterday evening before poker. I think I was making good progress but had to get up and leave. You know, when you got the kind of dumm butts lined up willing to give you their cash like I do, it's a shame to blow off the opportunity.

Got to practice a few minutes this morning, too.

One thing I'm doing is trying to retrain myself to finger the C chord with my index and ring finger. That's what Cathy Fink does in her video. It's not intuitive to do it that way but I surmise that this fingering has at least two benefits. ONE it leaves the middle finger free access to the "A" (2nd fret 3rd string) and TWO it is going to make transition from the "C chord" to the "F chord" pretty seamless.

I need for both of those things to become more natural. Observation: the "F chord" in standard G tuning was difficult for me. I could work with it and make it sound better, but I never got to the place where it came natural. The "F chord" in drop C is much more accessible to me and I don't have any doubt that it will become natural to me pretty soon.

I didn't make huge strides with the singing. I'm thinking now that progress is going to require me to rely less on the tab and more on my memory. My memory is lousy. My strategery until my next posting is to give my memory more of a chance to fail.



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