Happy Saturday to everybody here at BanjoHangout!
It's about that time of year again where pies are in the oven, crunchy leaves litter the ground in an array of contrasting hues, and the family starts to gather for the holidays. I would consider myself a beginner banjo player, and though I enjoy pickin' and have been studying banjos and learning to work on them for the last 5 months, I have found myself yearning for a better way to learn banjo. I tend to travel and am on the road often, and in Florida, I find it very difficult to come across banjo instructors who reside near by. In my travels and networking, I managed to meet Wayne over at GoldTone. I voiced my frustrations about the lack of banjo instructors in my area, and this man smiled and showed me a solution to my troubles.
Wayne created an application that is ingenious. It's as if you have a personal banjo instructor in your pocket, and the possibilities and solutions are limitless. This app allows you to input any youtube video or video from your gallery of anybody playing, and "cut" a section of an instructor's or player's video to be "looped" and played over in a repeat cycle, until you master the song segment you are trying to learn. The app allows you to speed up or slow down, and "save" the looped video within the app to access and revert back to for practice at any time. It is an absolutely incredible app. The mobility, easy interface, and accessibility allows one to have essentially any instrument with any instructor at any given point in time, no matter where you are or what time it is. This app is making a world of a difference in my playing and I wanted to just give a kudos and shout out to Wayne for creating such an amazing app.
Loop2Learn is available for Iphone/Ipad/Androids phones and tablets. Please mosey on over to the youtube link I have provided above, and check out what the app is all about for yourself. It is honestly the best $1.99 investment I have ever spent, and by far the least expensive music teacher I have ever had :) All I can say is that it is perfect for those of any age, learning at any pace, and it will help you get to where you need to be at to play songs for your family or for the upcoming jams this Holiday Season.
Have a wonderful season, and happy pickin'!
Check out the application for your device below!
Saturday, November 4, 2017 @10:13:11 PM
That sounds easier than what I do. I use some Perl scripts to download a YouTube video to my Linux computer, then transfer the audio file to my phone over USB, then use the Amazing Slow Downer to play it, loop it, slow it down, etc. Kind of a pain. Thanks for the tip.
Do you know if the Loop2Learn lets thou change keys?
Good job on practicing any way you can. Someone with the drive to make music will always find a way.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 @7:33:14 AM
Back in the day you had to pick the needle up and set it back down, time after time after time after time. Ha. I've still got those old LPs. They are do worn that they are just barely audible now. Lot a good memories though.
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