A piece of advice I've heard from a number of banjo players is to learn everything on the foggy mountain banjo album. I haven't done that yet, so I'd like to make that my goal for next year. Conveniently, there are 12 tunes on the album, so I can focus on one tune per month. At the end of each month I'll post a video of the tune I've been working on.
I intend to try to work the tunes out by ear (firstly from Bennett Sullivan's playing of the main breaks -- I'd like to learn the tunes directly from the album, but I don't seem to have the ear for that yet). I'll seek out tabs for those parts I can't work out by ear.
I hope to post more than just the main break from the tune, but I suspect that sometimes that's all I will achieve.
I'm not sure what order I'll post the tunes in. We'll have to see. I'll probably start with Fireball Mail.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @8:53:14 PM
That sounds great bellf! What a great goal to set for yourself.
I can't wait to hear aobut your creative journey, the ups, the downs, how slogging it out gives you some purpose, and gives you that satisfaction of learning a few more bars.
It will be great to see your uploaded songs at the end of each month.
Personally I would love to hear the ways in which you teach yourself to listen and then play by ear. That sounds truly fascintating to me.
You could link your blog posts to banjohangout.org/group/thepracticegroup if you wanted to so you get some back up, support and ideas.
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