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I am back after a bit of an absence! Happy New Year for 2019

Posted by Boadicea on Sunday, December 30, 2018

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Hello Folks!

I got pretty sick, and then hurt my finger so I was out of action for a bit there. But I still have my new (to me) banjo and I have begun lessons again. I am slowly getting back into the swing of things! 

I hope all are going well. I can't wait to read up on you all and find out how you are progressing with my banjo playing.

This morning I went through some new alternating rolls, Good Night Ladies, a simple Cripple Creek, the backing for my simple Cripple Creek, run through of Blackberry Blossom, and I am looking at the Major Chords though I can't remember all  the F shapes, D shapes and A shapes - well where they are on the fretboard but gradually things are coming back to me. I also am learning the first bar of Groundhog.

I won't have a lesson until Friday because of NYE's this week so I am hanging out for that. My banjo teacher reckons that I am at the point where I could play with others, but I am not feeling confident about that yet. I feel a bit anxious about playing in front of other people.

Hoping all are well and that you haven't forgotten me!



8 comments on “I am back after a bit of an absence! Happy New Year for 2019”

Judith511 Says:
Sunday, December 30, 2018 @8:46:14 PM

Glad to see you back! Glad you're feeling better. It is hard to practice when one is not feeling the best! Have a great 2019 and Happy New year as I am thinking this is News Years Eve for you tonight.

hoodoo Says:
Monday, December 31, 2018 @1:56:03 AM

Welcome back

AndyW Says:
Monday, December 31, 2018 @4:57:56 AM

Hi Kate, nice to see you back.

pickn5 Says:
Monday, December 31, 2018 @6:20:20 AM

Kate, welcome back and happy your feeling better. Keep picking in the new year.

dbrooks Says:
Monday, December 31, 2018 @8:08:53 AM

Welcome back, Kate. Playing with others often triggers a big improvement in your playing - and listening. You will pay less attention to your errors while keeping up with the tune and everyone else.

WayneConrad Says:
Monday, December 31, 2018 @8:45:19 AM

Kate, I'm glad you're back! I agree with @dbrooks that playing with others will accelerate your learning. We're all different, so I can't say what playing with others will be like for you, but my experience is that I never did feel, and probably never would have felt, ready to play with others. I just had to jump into the pool and try to swim. For me, no amount of preparation could have prepared me for it--I just had to start doing it. I felt very awkward and unskilled, feelings I do not enjoy, but every time I tried it I got better at it. Also, you may find that playing with your instructor gives you a safe way to try it out--does he ever pick up an instrument and play something for you to play along with?

Boadicea Says:
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 @7:51:16 PM

I am so glad that you all did not forget me! Judith511 hoodoo AndyW pickn5 dbrooks and WayneConrad!

Yes it is time to step up my playing and really move along a fair bit more.

My teacher does play with me, and I get really nervous but I am improving a lot with playing with him. I even came a long way yesterday!

Northlyn Says:
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 @10:06:07 PM

Happy New Year Kate and all!

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