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West Fork Gals - Tune 2 of 12

Posted by AndyW on Monday, November 13, 2017

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Today has seen me have two half hour sessions at this.

The first session was me basically having to reacquaint myself with the fingering. To be honest I found it awkward, in particular a little bit of syncopation in the 5th bar of the B part found me switching fingering.

The second session I got the metronome out for. It was immediately apparant that I had probably been going too fast in the first half hour. The metronome sorted my timing for the tricky bit, and also helped in a couple of scale type runs. I find it much easier to loop difficult sections when using the metronome than I do without it for some reason. Once I had the timings/fingerings I was able to up the speed a little.

So, I am now the stage where I feel I can start to memorise. I'm going to save that for tomorrow though as the tune has some pinkie 'heavy' parts and I want to build up the pinkie useage. Any more practice today will be back to Year of Jubilo. 

10 comments on “West Fork Gals - Tune 2 of 12”

AndyW Says:
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @12:16:45 AM

Smashed in an hour on this tune this morning first thing. I think I have pretty much memorised it. Next I pick up the banjo it will be without the tablature and I'll find out for definite.

I definitely practice better in the morning rather than later on.

AndyW Says:
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @8:13:11 AM

1/2 hour later on sees 2 steps forward, 1 step back. Had to refer to the tab.

AndyW Says:
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @11:15:01 AM

Another half hour. And again, off the tab. Let's see if it continues at the next visit.

AndyW Says:
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @12:09:27 PM

A quick double check. Yes, still off tablature. Very stuttering, but practice over the next couple of days should smooth things out a bit. And a tiny run through of Year of Jubilo shows it still playing through ok. Looking forward to tomorrows practice.

Boadicea Says:
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @4:00:13 PM

That is great AndyW, I find it it a little bit frustrating when I have learnt something, and I practise it off tab for awhile and then I get confused.

Boadicea Says:
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @4:01:28 PM

So I am glad that I am not the only one that toos and fros from it all.

AndyW Says:
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @1:18:56 AM

A 'snatched' five minutes with the banjo this morning without any tablature to hand. Ran through both WFG and YOJ without any 'searching' for notes. Gonna dedicate the next couple of practices sessions to running through WFG to the metronome and ensure it's in the memory bank then move on.

Although WFG is more complex than YOJ there are no real 'doubled up but slightly different sections'. With YOJ I had to spend a fair bit of time ensuring I was playing the correct phrase at the correct time. WFG is a bit easier in that respect, though I think altogether it will take more time to get smoother/faster.

AndyW Says:
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @12:06:37 PM

Tonight I played WFG to the metronome without tablature for the first time. As always it shows up the weak areas. Even at a slow 60 bpm I was unable to play the last two bars correctly. It wasn't a memorisation thing. Turn the metronome off and allow me to go at a stuttering pace and I could easily have picked it off note for note.

The problem lay in that somehow I hadn't learned the 'phrase' and embedded it in muscle memory/the brain. The problem was (I hope, and not is) twofold. One was the extensive drop thumb exercise tunes have embedded a reluctance to double thumb repeatedly on the 5th string, and that is something contained in this particular phrase. I got out the tab and loop practised these two bars for half an hour, ramping the speed up and up, coming on and off looking at the tab. It seems to have worked, as I can now run through the whole tune off tab at 80bpm including those 2 bars.

The second problem with it was very strange and not yet fixed. I could not 'hear' the correct phrase before I played it. I think perhaps I am 'hearing' a slightly different ending contained in the drop thumb version. I will investigate, and also undertake some remedial listening to the tune.

AndyW Says:
Thursday, November 16, 2017 @4:09:04 AM

A couple of twenty minute sessions today. The difficult section is finally sinking in. An extra special effort to strike the strings more confidently has proved fruitful, and the tune is now reasonably smooth albeit at slow speed still.

AndyW Says:
Thursday, November 16, 2017 @11:42:36 AM

I've taken West Fork Girls to about 100bpm 4/4 time so about half speed and lots to go. I'm going to move on now as my short term goals are about memorising tunes not speeding them up. I think WFG is now at the point where I won't forget it. This tune has taken me 4 days out of my 5 days per tune. So I have 3 days 'in the bag' towards my short term goal. WFG was one of the more difficult to learn the fingering to, so it bodes well.

Next up is Spotted Pony.

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