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Rating yourself as a player

Posted by Judith511 on Saturday, February 22, 2020

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So I was going through my profile and changed the picture. The picture is a Gold Tone Tenor banjo.  It wasn't a super expensive one but expensive enough for me.   Then I looked at the rating scores and thought I don't feel like a novice any more so I think I have to rate myself as an intermediate player. Don't get  me wrong I don't feel like I know it all or could even hope to but I think I have moved out of the novice beginner category.  My banjos don't sit under the bed like I am sure many do. They get played regularly. I try and learn something new every day. I also play guitar but. not as much as the banjo.  So although I am on the bottom end of the intermediate scale I am having fun and moving on with my playing. :)

9 comments on “Rating yourself as a player”

WayneConrad Says:
Saturday, February 22, 2020 @8:07:20 AM

Sometimes progress is so slow it seems like standing still, then one day you notice the scenery has changed and you're not where you used to be.

pickn5 Says:
Thursday, February 27, 2020 @4:42:24 AM

Rating yourself is tough especially if your very self critical. When I first joined. BHO, I rated myself as Just Starting. After a number of years, and a little less self criticism, I changed my rating to Novice. Later, I changed to unrated. After examining and changing my goals, I'm back to Novice. I think you just have to decide, how self critical you want to be, what your goals are, and if your meeting your goals. Keep picking.

geoB Says:
Monday, March 9, 2020 @4:12:36 AM

After shattering my wrist in January with a boatload of physical therapy ahead of me the only thing I'm playing is my tendons and ligaments... but I'm also polishing up my banjo rolls in G (since even tuning is a chore

WayneConrad Says:
Monday, March 9, 2020 @6:39:42 AM

@geoB ouch!

Judith511 Says:
Monday, March 9, 2020 @7:04:53 AM

Oh no that sounds nasty geoB pickn5 it is hard. I think it to depends on what your goals are. I am not planning on being a professional any time soon. I only play for myself for fun. I like the accomplishment of learning new things.

geoB Says:
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @6:43:54 AM

Record your work.
Playbacks can be very humbling.

Judith511 Says:
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @7:20:15 AM

Yes you are right the camera recording does not lie!

AndyW Says:
Friday, June 19, 2020 @8:51:51 AM

I still feel very much a beginner, though I imagine to someone a couple of weeks in I must by now seem reasonably proficient. So in some ways I could be called an intermediate. I can play all my tunes I have learned in reasonably good time at jam speed (looking intermediate now), but I am tab reliant, my ear skills are very poor and I cannot jam 'on the fly' so end up sitting out often.(looking beginner now).

Judith511 Says:
Friday, November 13, 2020 @7:21:21 AM

AndyW So today I got a test from Brainjo to test where you are at. It put me at beginner/intermediate. I think that is reasonable. I am improving but I have only been playing 4 years and I think it takes much longer than that to become intermediate moving into advanced. That said I am happy with where I am I am much further ahead than I was 4 years ago. :D

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