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Singing With Banjo Episode 4

Posted by dennism on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

One thing to report that I have learned since last time--Eureka!--is that I found an online "C" chord chart. Woo hoo! It's at and calls itself "Brian's huge chordlist collection." I had been using Brian's charts for my "G" chord messing around and it is a wonderful resource.



What I stumbled upon is that Brian's has mislabeled his "C" charts. He calls them "G modal." So if you click the "G modal" tuning option, it takes you to "C" chords. I'm really happy I bumbled into this realization. His website is a wonderful resource.


I also realized that I misovercounted episodes in my journey of discovery. I didn't write an Episode 2. I skipped straight from Episode 1 to Episode 3. So I'm in no position to chide Brian for his mistake, because there's proof positive that I make them too.


Tabbing "Puff the Magic Dragon"  Stretches my skills beyond the brink right now. The lyrics aren't so embedded in my brane that they reel off without thinking. I need to stick to "You Are My Sunshire" and tunes like that. Valuable lesson. Baby steps.


The Divine Miss F and her DVD  I'm going to embarrass myself now and make an admission. I quit with the Cathy Fink DVD at 48 minutes or thereabouts. This is an observation, not a criticism: I'm not going to learn a lot of singing/playing from watching her DVD. She says she learned all her banjo skills by ear. She probably had someone's help, too. That ear technique hasn't worked for me. Bless her heart, just as soon as I was getting down with the "drop C" tuning idea, she shifted to "G modal" and was teaching "Shady Grove." I love the tune, but I don't forsee it as being in my repertoire. It's not something I would sing to my grandchildren or house guests. Unless of course I was ready for them to leave.


I am planning to watch the rest of the DVD. I plan to do it soon. Maybe I was too impatient.






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