Posted by Boadicea on Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Bonnaroo 2014: Sarah Jarosz - "Crazy" // The Bluegrass Situation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WMj25vRxs8
Sarah Jarosz - House of Mercy (Live on The Current) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWqeMODlW0k
Sarah Jaroz - When Doves Cry 6/10/17 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfwB_afpWRE
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.
- 12 minute semi supine/constructive rest guided audio
- Strum practising – four variations
- 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.
- 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.
- 12 bar chord progression | G | % | % | % | C | % | G | % | D7 | % | G | % | (using combinations of all my five rolls) (I can play without the tab)
- | 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.
- Major Scale G Melodic (even with the tab it is hard)
- Open G to C chord practising. I am still not smooth with this transition
- 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.)
- Goodnight Ladies (I can play without the tab)
- Blackberry Blossum Part A + Part B (I can play without the tab)
- G Major Scale (I can play without the tab)
- "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.)
- Worried Man Blues out of action at the moment
- 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.
- General noodling. Noodling laying down on the ground with my resonator on my belly feels really good.
- Mindfulness with my banjo.
- Walking with my banjo
- Breathing with my banjo
- Compose my own version of Jingle Bells
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