Posted by bellf on Sunday, December 13, 2015
When I first started playing the banjo in 2008, I teamed up with a group of musicians I knew and formed a band called 'Cowboy X' (named after a cartoon from Sesame Street). The musicians in the band were Andy (vocals, melodica), Bill (guitar), Dean (acoustic bass guitar) and Bell (banjo). We played mostly country songs, a few jazz numbers in a country style and a Burt Bacharach tune or two. We only did one gig. I can't remember now why we didn't continue playing together.
We also recorded a demo of about five songs. I've posted one of them ('If you could read my mind') on my music page. I think my playing is pretty simple, but not too bad.
I don't play in a band now, but I do a bit of jamming. There is quite a difference (in my experience) between playing in a band and jamming. In a band, you look at chord charts, discuss the structure of the song, go over little bits of the song again and again. In a jam, you just go ahead and play the song (there are almost never any structural questions). If you don't know the chords, you just try to hear them or watch another player. There's a lot of freedom in jamming, but you don't get to go back and get that lead break right that you just messed up.
Anyway, have a listen to the tune if you feel inclined. I hope you enjoy it.
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