Who'd of thought something as simple as changing what pick I use could make such a difference? I've switched from using .50mm Claytons to .60mm nylon Jim Dunlops and suddenly triplets are not quite the struggle they used to be! Another great tip I got from a fiddle playing friend was to make a compilation CD of all the tunes I wanted to learn and just listen to all the time so they would just imbed in my mind. I'm a dog trainer and alot of my time is spent driving all over the Irish countryside trying to find my clients homes, so I've had a CD of assorted tunes just playing over and over for the past month or so and I'll be damned if it hasn't done the trick! In the space of about 2 weeks I'm after figuring out how to play "The Queen of the Fair", "The Mason's Apron", "The Humours of Ennistymon" and "Joe Cooley's". Was able to just pick them out quite easily. I've finally uploaded a recording of myself playing The Queen of the Fair/The Tongs by the Fire. Goals for this month are to get around to signing up for some lessons, and also check out the Dusty Banjos "learners & improvers" session that happens in Galway on a Wednesday night. Also looking forward to next weekend and the Johnnie Keenan Banjo Festival! It's only about an hours drive away from my house. I've been fibbing to clients who call, telling them I'm all booked up for that weekend!
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