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Posted by AndyW on Friday, August 24, 2018

This afternoon I flashed up Josh Turknett's 'Old Time Jam Machine' to see how close my tunes would be to playing along.

After an initial root around for my capo which I've not used for a couple of weeks I got started.

Most of my tunes I could get snatches of but I wasn't comfortable at the level of speed. So plenty work to do getting tunes up to speed.

Old Joe Clark and June Apple were very close. Either, there are a couple of bits I am playing that don't gel properly, or I'm not quite comfortable up to speed. I'm not sure. I was blatantly having to alter a couple of Old Joe Clark strums which didn't sit right.

Angeline the Baker and Cluck Old Hen I was able to play-along to reasonably easily. I must say these are the two tunes I thought had the best chance. Angeline takes a little bit of altering my syncopation to chime in properly with the fiddle playing. I'm glad my ear can notice it and I'm not just thrashing around in the dark. 

Fortune was strange. I 'got' the melody better in the stuts and starts I had when playing along. This has given me a bit more confidence in the version I have learned as although I wasn't finding it singalongable I now realise it now clearly is.

One thing I noticed was that my banjo which sounds like it has stacks of overtones when playing alone suddenly sounds a whole lot more plunky when playing along.

More options are now opening up for my practice I feel.

1 comment on “Jam-along-attempt”

Texasbanjo Says:
Saturday, August 25, 2018 @4:32:01 AM

Try playing along with vocals rather than instrumentals. It's easier, they are usually slower and the melody is definitely more defined. As you get familiar with that, you'll find that you can do better on the instrumentals.

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