Posted by dennism on Sunday, November 23, 2014
I finished watching my Cathy Fink DVD. I don't think the last half gave me any positive pointers that I didn't get in the first few minutes. My choice for a "how to" video would have been different. Is this a negative criticism? Am I going to post it on her website? No. She came to banjo and has enjoyed a learning style that's on the other corner of the spectrum from mine...joke intended, spectrums don't have corners.
I have built up quite a few tabs of tunes for drop C tuning:
Abilene Bottle of Wine
Careless Love Gotta Travel On
I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart
My Little Red Wagon Puff the Magic Dragon
Shiek of Araby Tonight You Belong To Me
You Are My Sunshine
Gives you an idea of my tastes and the songs that are imbedded in my remembery. "Puff" is perhaps a bit too tough, I can dumm it down further I think. I enjoyed tabbing these out vs. watching the DVD. I need to go back and look at the DVD to see how Ms Fink fingers an F...3,1,2 OK, but does she use her pinky on the first string or her ring finger.
I figured out that a lot of songs in G don't have to be transposed to C. In other words, I'm not planning to transpose a tune to C if it fits my voice in G. There's a contemporary thread in the forums about singing with the banjo that took off in the direction of techniques for matching tuning and voice. It's over my head. What I'm doing doesn't seem difficult. Maybe someday I will get so good that the process becomes more complex.
Oh yeah, I'm getting better, my improvement is occurring fast enough to be satisfying.
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