I am still practicing away. I try and do at least an hour a day. I also have been playing finger style guitar more and husband bought a mandolin which I am learning a couple of tunes on. So my banjo playing is getting faster and I have revisited a couple of the tunes I first learned and am now working to get them faster and accurate. Faster is hard. Stephanie Burns in her book talks of conscious competence which is where I am now I need to think of what I am doing. If I allow my thoughts to wander when I am playing a song that's when I make mistakes. I am not so bad when I play alone but when I am using the strum machine I really need to focus or I get lost. So I had a great practice the other night but last night I was distracted asw I was waiting for the gal from the barn to message me to let me know how one of my horses was. I kept making mistakes. So I have not attained that point where I can play without thought I need to think about it. I am sure musicians who have played forever can play and make grocery lists or plan trips at the same time but I can't. Maybe one day. :)
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 @9:43:03 AM
It'll happen. It happens because of hard work that feels (to me) like it'll never end, but then it happens and your fingers just do stuff that you had to think about before. I'm sure there's already things you can do without thinking that took thought and effort before.
Guitar and banjo and mandolin, that's very cool. You'll be one of those musicians who can record every part of a piece and merge them together.
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