Posted by AndyW on Friday, October 27, 2017
Ok, so my self imposed banjo ban hasn't gone completely to plan. I had a half hour tonight playing Angeline.
I've pretty much got it nailed at 60bpm. I might be strumming the galax lick arpeggio brush a bit fast, but Dan has also thrown in a slide to the lick so there's a lot going on there to try and concentrate on. I think when I have gone through all the tunes I will record myself and listen out for mistakes prior to trying to memorise the tunes.
I upped the metronome to 80 bpm. No problems there. At 100bpm I was missing occasional notes but easily getting back on the horse without losing the beat. 120bpm was my limit and I started to completely lose it. This was just an experiment to see how well it had 'got under my fingers' as there are some unusual phrases breaking up the normal Clawhammer rhythm.
Angeline for me was the most difficult thing in the book so far. Almost every bar except for the last 4 required slowing right down and almost breaking up note by note. Seemingly simple things on paper took an absolute age to get right. I am very glad I didn't attempt it first as the other 4 tunes gave me an insight to mskips and onbeat thumbstrokes which would have been even more overloading had they been new.
Next tune is Old Molly Hare.
Friday, October 27, 2017 @2:42:59 PM
I admire how particular you are about getting your practice right. I'm at work waiting for a long-running test to finish, but instead of watching yet another youtube video, I think I'll go practice more ear training. Because keeping up with Andy is a thing :)
Friday, October 27, 2017 @2:56:03 PM
I think the struggle to learn is fun for me at present. Not just the physical banjo, but all the reading up on it too. (And the you tube trawling).
Saturday, October 28, 2017 @2:57:40 PM
Molly Hare didn't really have any difficult bits. 20 minutes was all it took to be able to play it solidly from tab at slow pace.
A quick couple of minutes on Over the Waterfall shows it may well be slightly more awkward, but it remains to be seen...
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