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
"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.
I went through Groundhog several times. I am working on the first two bars.
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
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
Forward roll starting from the third string (G) (2 minutes)
Mixed roll (same)
Mixed roll alternative 1 + 2+ starting on Fourth String (D)
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.
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?
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!
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.
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