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Foggy Mountain Banjo Project Part 12: Ground Speed

Posted by bellf on Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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This is the December edition of my Foggy Mountain Banjo project for 2018: Ground Speed.

This tune was a lot of fun to work on and a lot fun to play. I learned it mostly by listening to Bennet Sullivan's slowed down recording, but I also consulted the Scruggs book. I grabbed some variations from Tony Trischka.

I practiced it by playing along with Earl on the Amazing Slowdowner, and also with a metronome.

That's the final tune for this project. It's been a good year for me for learning the banjo, but I've let a few of the tunes from this album slip away. I'll have to get back to practicing each of them in time.

All the best, 


7 comments on “Foggy Mountain Banjo Project Part 12: Ground Speed”

WayneConrad Says:
Thursday, January 3, 2019 @6:26:33 AM

That's really nice! I like how you snuck a measure of Yankee Doodle in there.

Mark Cox Says:
Thursday, January 3, 2019 @7:59:15 AM

Good job Bell. You have a very good foundation laid for those songs. Now slowly over time they will start to get smoother and smootherand more up to speed, and before long you’ll be tearing that record up!!!! The ones that have slipped away will come back very quickly once you can focus on them again. My ultimate goal is to learn how to play the entire Foggy Mountain Banjo album. I envy you. Good job.

Arthur Writus Says:
Thursday, January 3, 2019 @9:41:10 AM

Bell great job on Groundspeed - in fact outstanding work getting all these pieces under your fingers - Bravo! Loved that you included the dobro break second time through - fantastic project - you are an inspiration to play more Earl! Cheers, Chris

WayneConrad Says:
Thursday, January 3, 2019 @10:18:01 AM

Accidentally unsubscribed, so this comment is just so I can re-subscribe.

Thursday, January 3, 2019 @4:48:19 PM

Ah Bell, you have good self -control in playing tunes that many try to rush through. Your playing encourages me to play smooth and consistent. Have a peace filled year!

Boadicea Says:
Saturday, January 5, 2019 @12:25:26 AM

Great to hear to you! I liked your sampling!

bellf Says:
Sunday, January 6, 2019 @2:52:26 AM

Thanks WayneConrad Mark Cox Arthur Writus USAF PJ and Boadicea .

Mark -- if your goal is to learn the entire Foggy Mountain Banjo record, I can recommend this approach of learning one tune a month. You don't have to post recordings publicly, but I recommend recording yourself playing them at the end of each month so you can go back to them later and listen, and think about how you can improve. I know there is a lot more that I could learn from this record, but I have learned a lot of Scruggs style playing from just doing this.

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