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Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn & Practising on Friday

Posted by Boadicea on Thursday, March 8, 2018

Warm up, limber up and good practising to one and all today! 

 

Today's listening includes: 

Earl Scruggs & Lester Flatt - Foggy Mountain Breakdown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmU6wELS4sc (taps her foot excitedly and winks to The Practise Group)

Earl Scruggs And Lester Flatt - Cripple Creek https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4sqishGuYw&list=RDmmU6wELS4sc&index=2

Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs - " Orange Blossom Special https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCBdiutb-50&index=7&list=RDmmU6wELS4sc

Old Crow Medicine Show - Wagon Wheel [Official Music Video] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gX1EP6mG-E&list=RDmmU6wELS4sc&index=10

Flatt and Scruggs - Wildwood Flower https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1h694u5gNyE&index=18&list=RDmmU6wELS4sc

Stringbean with Earl Scruggs and Lester Flat-Run little rabbit run https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uOy3WdT3mY&list=RDmmU6wELS4sc&index=22

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXcRI0BdioE&index=23&list=RDmmU6wELS4sc Sleepy Man

"The Last Goodbye" - Uncle Earl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oxi2L1p-784

Uncle Earl - Streak o' Lean, Streak o' Fat (AKA Hong Shao Rou) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37HhoBnBI_c

Sugar Babe - Uncle Earl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khKjpDqs5_A

Uncle Earl -- "Girl I left behind me" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk1xahkswTU

Abigail Washburn - City of Refuge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rDrPBzJo5o

Abigail Washburn - Nobody's Fault But Mine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5avMOaEUxRQ

Mason Jar Music Presents... Abigail Washburn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bekhqzy6TF0

WoodSongs 782: Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcixJpnFk2o

There are so many great banjo players to listen to out there.

 

I have lots of homework from my banjo teacher for my simple Cripple Creek Parts A+ B. I am really working on building up licks and improvisational techniques. It is challenging but exciting as well!

My finger work for Blackberry Blossom is improving substantially for Part A I(I am almost able to play it a general banjo player's pace) (Part B I have almost forgotten! So working on that!)

I did some jamming and noodling with my | G | Em | C | D7 | chords

I did Goodnight Ladies, and I am much faster with this one. 

My unknown titled Parts A + B

I did my 12 chord progression with different rolls.

I did roll practising.

Strum practising

I went through Groundhog several times. I am working on the first two bars.

 

First practising:

Forward backward roll 

drilling on first two bars and then doing the Forward Backward roll and repeating

Playing Blackberry Blossom  Part A 

Few minutes of | G | Em | C | D7 | chords

12 bar composition

 

Second practising 

Forward backward rolls (2 minutes)

Blackberry Blossom  Part A  drilling on first two bars and then doing the Forward Backward roll and repeating

Few minutes of | G | Em | C | D7 | chords

 

Third Practising

Forward roll starting  from the third string (G) (2 minutes)

Mixed roll (same)

Mixed roll alternative 1 + 2+ starting on Fourth String (D)

 

Fourth Practising

Forward roll starting  from the second string (B) (2 minutes) and more! :)

 

I am in an Open G (which Pete Seger wrote in his training manual that he would have rewritten if he ever redid it) But embarrassingly I forget which string is which and which number each string is at times, so I will put it here to remind me!) http://www.dummies.com/art-center/music/banjo/g-tuning-getting-your-banjo-strings-in-order/ It also has an image for relative G tuning as well! I am learning to tune my banjo. My banjo teacher said it can take up to a year, but I am doing it a bit better all the time. My banjo teacher was trying to show me the difference between two sounds on my banjo but my banjo is not good enough to sustain those two sounds. I am reaching the outer limit of what I can do with my banjo, which will always be my beater banjo. 

I am working on The Alexander Technique in order to manage my use of my body to be a bit less crushed and constricted and so I don't have as much pain to live with. It is gradually helping. http://www.dandbpublishing.com/perch/resources/semi-supine-chapt-1.mp3 It is helping me be a much less contricted banjo player!

 

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn (and guest vocalist Juno) Savannah Music Festival 03/30/14 (4 of 4) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xegFU5W5Hxo

It has been a good day for playing, noodling and practising banjo.



10 comments on “Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn & Practising on Friday”

WayneConrad Says:
Friday, March 9, 2018 @7:48:04 AM

A mnemonic for open G tuning (gDGBD) is "Gosh Darn, Great Banjo Day."

What are the two sounds your instructor was trying to show you? Are you learning how to tune by ear, without using the electronic gizmo?

Boadicea Says:
Saturday, March 10, 2018 @6:23:18 PM

A mnemonic for open G tuning (gDGBD) is "Gosh Darn, Great Banjo Day." That is great! Thanks WayneConrad!

Boadicea Says:
Monday, March 12, 2018 @6:53:27 PM

I am learning both types of tuning WayneConrad!

Judith511 Says:
Monday, March 12, 2018 @8:10:51 PM

A mnemonic for open G tuning (gDGBD) is "Gosh Darn, Great Banjo Day." is super Thanks Wayne!

WayneConrad Says:
Monday, March 12, 2018 @8:31:52 PM

Boadicea - That's excellent! I can't really tune by ear. It's a good skill to have, so I'm glad you're learning it.

Boadicea Says:
Monday, March 12, 2018 @8:55:13 PM

***plays a lick for Judith511 and WayneConrad ***

My banjo teacher says it will take a year or so to learn how to tune properly @WayneConrad. I do it at the beginning of every lesson. It is time consuming but a great skill to be slowly learning!

WayneConrad Says:
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @8:35:13 AM

Boadicea I'm trying to teach myself how. It's another form of ear training, and ear training is what I'm doing right now.

Boadicea Says:
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @1:53:37 PM

You are so good at ear training WayneConrad! I did download that app you suggested but I can't hear enough to even make an educated guess!

WayneConrad Says:
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @2:05:19 PM

Boadicea - I think you'll be able to do it fine once you have more of a musical foundation. I think you could do it fine now, but you're busy learning other things. Ear training takes a lot of time. It's only because I have a long commute that I'm doing it.

Boadicea Says:
Thursday, March 15, 2018 @4:57:39 AM

Oh the way you get your ear training in your commute is inspired! It is great stuff WayneConrad

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