Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

Banjo Lovers Online

Learning tenor banjo - progress

Posted by hobogal on Saturday, February 10, 2018

So, I am spending Jan/Feb in the key of C.  I have been practicing some of the exercises in the Paramount method book as warm-up exercises - this is helping me to sigh-read and also learn to move around in the key of C in the first position.  I have also been learning the first tune 'Sparkling Dew Waltz' which involves tremolo on the half-notes.  This method is obviously pre-jazz but looks like it will be a handy resource for learning to play single-note style playing.

I recorded some exercises today - don't think you can embed mp3 here but I will see if I can link from soundcloud:

By the way, the book is public domain and can be downloaded for free here:

I have also gone through the exercises in the key of C in the Melbay chord Melody system book.  I got some great suggestions for tunes in the key of C on the 4string jazz/blues forum including: Stardust, All of Me, La Vie En Rose, The World is Waiting for the Sunrise....I also had a trawl through some free fakebooks and spotted some others: California Here I Come, Do You Know What it Means (to miss New Orleans), Birth of the Blues and Sugar Blues.  When I look at jazz leadsheets I feel faint - what are all those crazy chords?  I've had a go at figuring out a chord melody for Sugar Blues as it had somewhat less crazy chords...the Melbay book was very helpful as a reference tool.  That's all for now.  I hope I can make some more recordings as I progress...I am very slow on the chord changes so playing a blues tune seems like a good idea!


1 comment on “Learning tenor banjo - progress”

hobogal Says:
Saturday, February 10, 2018 @9:46:26 AM

Just noticed a typo 'sigh-read' - I think I will keep that one in as it seems appropriate!

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

More posts from hobogal

Newest Posts

Click for Details 'vega vox 3' 3 hrs

More >  

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories