Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

402
Banjo Lovers Online


Practising & Noodling on Tuesday

Posted by Boadicea on Sunday, December 3, 2017

likes this

My practising has been a bit lacklustre these last few days. I am still jamming away, noodling, and going through my pieces, but I have been disconnected from my banjo a bit.

Except the other day we went out to a cafe and I started playing a little bit, and this guy was looking at me so I looked up to say 'Hey if you don't want to hear it I can stop,' and he was so into it, we had a chat, he so wants to play the banjo. I gave him my banjo to hold on to and strum. I told him about the BanjoHangout and wrote down the url for him. He insisted I play some stuff for him, and hey I am a beginner but I can share with enthusiasm, and he said I had made his day. He asked me how much my banjo cost, and I told him $412 and he said now that I am retired I could learn to play banjo, so I gave him a card of my banjo teacher, and he said to me he could never do rolls, and I said I thought the same in the beginning. I said my banjo teacher was really cool, and I am now doing things I never thought that I could do. So that was nice. 

There was a folk jam on Saturday night, but it was at a member's house, and I don't know the people yet, so I will go to another one. I will get there, it will just take time to build up confidence.

So this morning I started out playing around with Blackberry Blossom. I can do both parts without tab now. Part A I know better and I am more confident with. Part B I am still "remembering".

I did five minutes on my rolls. I have another roll. My banjo teacher is keen for me to practise my rolls each day, so I really know them, so they really go into my muscle memory, so when I improvise I really know how to use half of one roll with one half of another roll. So I did that.

I have been listening to a lot of music, and thinking a bit about things. I went out to the veranda to jam with my Open G, Em, C, and D7, so that was good. I am just marginally improving with my chord changes, and it sounds so good. I love that combination of chords. 

I haven't got a lot of practising in, but I am kind of holding my banjo, lugging it about with me, because you never know when you could get in 5 minutes of practising in. And I do get to do a few minutes extra here and there, and I enjoy that. 

 



3 comments on “Practising & Noodling on Tuesday”

WayneConrad Says:
Sunday, December 3, 2017 @9:54:47 PM

For lugging about, it's hard to beat this:

backyardmusic.com/order-banjos...anjo.html

I've got two of its short-scale relatives (backyardmusic.com/order-banjos...anjo.html) and play them all the time, enough that they're getting visible fret wear.

They're very inexpensive as banjos go, and so light and tough that it's hard to hurt them. I just throw one in the back seat of the car, or in the trunk (boot?), and nothing bad ever happens to them. And if they get a scuff or something, well, they're inexpensive practice instruments so it's no big deal.

You wouldn't want to perform seriously with these (although I have). They're too quiet for a large audience, or to play with other instruments, but that is their strength as a practice banjo. Especially with a mute clamped to the bridge, they're very, very quiet, so you can take them anywhere and practice at any time.

I don't know what shipping to AU would be, but these things are just a few pounds so that would have to help.

It being open back and having a plonkier sound than a typical resonator banjo, it could be something for you to try out clawhammer on, too. I know you've got clawhammer on your mind. But you can practice BG on them just as well.

Just an idea.

-----

I admire your openness and unafraidedness when practicing in public.

Great job on knowing Blackberry Blossom without tab. That's a huge step!

WayneConrad Says:
Sunday, December 3, 2017 @9:56:36 PM

PS: If you get one, get the armrest kit at the same time. They'll put it on at the factory for no charge.

Boadicea Says:
Monday, December 4, 2017 @1:49:01 PM

Thank you so much WayneConrad I looked at those and they are interesting! A reasonably cheap way for me to give Clawhammer a serious go, though I do know that you can play it on my Epiphone!

You must sign into your myHangout account before you can post comments.



More posts from Boadicea



Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories

6.054688E-02