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Waiting on Banjo Workshop

Posted by AndyW on Friday, November 9, 2018

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Over the last week or so I have memorized 'Breaking Up Christmas' from Dan Levensons Old Time Festival book. I have brought it up to a speed playable along to Josh Turknetts Old Time Jam machine, which is nothing like the breakneck speed it seems to be played on you-tube, so a fair bit to go.

I think I'm at a point now where it would be easy to get in a rut and just keep learning new tunes by rote from tab getting them up to a medium playable speed[ie more of the same]. 

Therefore, I'm pretty excited to be going to a weekend workshop with Dan Levenson next weekend, and I'm hoping that will give me some direction going forwards over the next few months.  It'll be a chance for me to find out just where I am in my learning, and it also will be the first time I have ever played banjo in company. 

There are supposed to be 'picking evenings' outside the actual workshops.  It's billed as beginners/improvers so hopefully there will be some tunes I know and speeds will not be so 'breakneck' that I can't join in.



4 comments on “Waiting on Banjo Workshop”

pickn5 Says:
Friday, November 9, 2018 @3:55:55 AM

Hope you have a great time at the workshop.

dbrooks Says:
Friday, November 9, 2018 @4:18:50 AM

I have had several workshops with Dan, and he helped me a great deal. It's fair to point out that the student owns much of the responsibility; it's not all on the instructor. I played worse for 6 weeks after my first workshop with Dan. I was working on repairing my bad habits that Dan pointed out. These kept me from building any speed or flow in my playing. Big lessons for me: value of slow practice, importance of close listening to your own playing, importance of listening to lots of music to help decide what and how you'd like to play, you should be able to hum or whistle a tune in order to really own it on the banjo. You will also learn from those around you in the workshop. Be a sponge and absorb as much as you can.

AndyW Says:
Friday, November 9, 2018 @9:07:46 AM

@dbrooks - I'm prepared that I'm gonna get all my flaws pointed out and will need a ton of work to correct my bad habits. I'm hoping for two steps back to prepare for the next ten forward on a sound footing.

AndyW Says:
Friday, November 9, 2018 @9:08:42 AM

Thanks pickn5, I'm really looking forward to it.

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