Posted by hobogal on Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Well, I thought I should post an update to say, I haven't given up - I am still learning to play the tenor banjo!
I am interested in rags and early jazz so opted for CGDA. I have learnt to read from a score but, learning to play chord melody is proving to be more of a challenge. I was on the verge of giving-up as I would get stuck trying to figure something out and all the tunes I wanted to play felt so far out-of-reach. In a state of despondency, I decided to contact Steve Caddick for skype lessons. I am now making inching progress and feeling more hopeful...I like having homework to do and getting feed-back on what I am doing. I even brought my tenor banjo along to a jam and just practiced playing chords along to things like Squirrel Hunters (not really what I am aiming to play but at least it gets me playing with others). In fact, repertoire is something I need to think about as the only musicians I know play guitar, fiddle and mandolin. Well, that's it for now. A further report by Xmas!
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 @4:33:38 AM
Nice to hear. You should post a video update as well!
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 @4:38:09 AM
I'm also at the point where I'd like to play with others. I'm currently working on that. Its hard to find the right people. Either they're professionnals or beginners.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 @2:27:14 PM
Thanks David. Yes, I have been thinking about the whole 'playing with others' thing. I am not sure that focusing on learning chord melody is very helpful for acoustic jams as it may be easier to play single-note melody style. Mind you, Tyler Jackson can do both so maybe I should continue! At the moment I am messing around with Beaumont Rag. Hopefully I will post a progress video soon. I am enjoying your banjo postings - hope you keep exploring the tenor.
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