Ok, so I have worked my way through the 12 'Kitchen Sink' tunes featured in Dan Levensons 'Clawhammer from Scratch' book.
I have sorted out fingering and timing issues, and can now read the tunes from tablature and play them all to my metronome at a rather sedentary 4/4 bpm of 60bpm.
But, as Oldwoodchuckb says. "You don't know the tune until you know the tune".
So my next goals are going to revolve around memorisation. Then I will focus on trying to build some speed in the tunes. The varying difficulty in the tunes, and the variation in my practice times means it's very awkward to set a time frame so I'm going to go for immediate(within a week), short term(within two months), and medium term(within six months). As improvements learning fingering resulted in longer time spent on early tunes, I am going to start from the end, working to the front.
1. Immediate(changing) Goal(1 week) - Memorise the next tune on my list.[Year of Jubilo]
2. Short Term Goal (2 months)- Have all 12 kitchen sink tunes memorised.
3. Medium Term Goal(6 months) - Get all tunes to 160bpm[4/4 time]
I think I should easily achieve goals 1 and 2, and hope to be under the set timeframe. Goal 3, I am not sure about. Once I have memorised all 12 tunes it will have to mix in with any new immediate/short term goals I set, also my 160bpm may be low or high. So, goal 3 I think will inevitably change.
Thursday, November 9, 2017 @5:52:24 AM
I'm thinking memorising tunes at 60bpm may be a very slow process if I learn 'chunks' at that speed, then link the 'chunks' at that same slow speed. As I start on each seperate tune I think I will raise the bpm's to as high as comfortable with no mistakes first (hopefully a quick process given the time spent getting the fingering/timing already sorted), then proceed to memorise. I think that will make the overall process quicker. I will just have to be very careful not to 'burn in' mistakes.
Thursday, November 9, 2017 @12:37:44 PM
Burning in mistakes is not the best, for that reason I am so glad I have a banjo teacher (who is just awesome, and his teaching style is amazing for someone like me - we are a really good fit) who corrects the way I have been doing things incorrectly or with poor use or some messy technique that will cause me grief further down the road.
Thursday, November 9, 2017 @1:27:08 PM
I've now spent an hour (2 half hours to be precise) playing through Year of Jubilo. I was easily able to ramp up to 100bpm and it sounds much more tuneful at that speed.
Playing through repeatedly at that speed has got me to the stage where I am 'nearly there'. Next will have to be a really concentrated effort to be rid of the tablature forever.
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