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Sarah Jarosz - "Crazy" & Practicing with a Purpose Wednesday.

Posted by Boadicea on Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Bonnaroo 2014: Sarah Jarosz - "Crazy" // The Bluegrass Situation

Sarah Jarosz - House of Mercy (Live on The Current)

Sarah Jaroz - When Doves Cry 6/10/17


One of the biggest things I do each day is listen to lots of music.


So to add to TPG discussion on Practicing with a Purpose

I adjust this practising/playing list all the time.

I add and subtract things depending on what my banjo teacher says.

Strumming has come to be number one, as I took strumming forgranted. I have now moved it up to the number one position. 

The fact I split my left hand pointer finger means I can’t do chord work. So now I have four strumming exercises to do.

Of course I won’t do all the items on my list all each day, but having a list will jogs my memory of what needs to be noodled and played around with. So if I have a spare 5 minutes then I can try something. 

Sometimes I warm up and noodle around first. Sometimes I go to the hardest thing for me to do and do that for the first part of my practising. If I want to get better at the things that I am not much good at then I need to focus on those things. 

Weird things happen like I have been playing a piece off tab for awhile, and then it goes, and so I relearn it to a deeper level, I guess, I don't really know.


  1. 12 minute semi supine/constructive rest guided audio
  2. Strum practising – four variations
  3. 5 x 1 (X = number of minutes) on one or all of my 5 rolls, later I will build up for longer times. (3 x Mixed rolls, 1x Backward Forward Roll, 2 x Forward rolls). Currently for me 1 minute of playing a roll is a long time. Sometimes I try two minutes. I go slow, fast, loud and soft. That is big for me at the moment.
  4. Playing the backup chords for my pieces (I really want to do this, because I can really see the value in doing them - the ability to jam with other musicians, my teacher went over this yesterday and I understand this a bit better.
  5. 12 bar chord progression | G | % | % | % |  C | % | G | % | D7 | % | G | % | (using combinations of all my five rolls) (I can play without the tab)
  6. | G | Em | C | D7 | I love playing this one. I can do the chord changes quicker on this one. I can make up my own songs with these chords. I can do a small amount of improvisiation.
  7. Major Scale G Melodic (even with the tab it is hard)
  8. Open G to C chord practising. I am still not smooth with this transition
  9. A really simple Cripple Creek Part A + Part B (In Part A I need to drill the first two bars, and in Part B I can play it off by heart.)
  10. Goodnight Ladies (I can play without the tab)
  11. Blackberry Blossum Part A + Part B (I can play without the tab)
  12. G Major Scale (I can play without the tab)
  13. "Insert title here at some point" piece Part A + Part B (I can mostly play them off by heart but sometimes I confuse it with another piece.)
  14. Worried Man Blues out of action at the moment
  15. I had better do one of the tunes in the book I last showed my banjo teacher as he said I could play all those tunes in that book - I want to show him I did at least one, this week.
  16. General noodling. Noodling laying down on the ground with my resonator on my belly feels really good.
  17. Mindfulness with my banjo.
  18. Walking with my banjo
  19. Breathing with my banjo
  20. Compose my own version of Jingle Bells­

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