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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!

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