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Oct. 1, 2007: Lesson 1

Posted by BadMojo on Monday, October 1, 2007

I met with my new banjo instructor. 1 hour drive from home, but he seems like a great guy and very talented. He showed me how to string my banjo. Some basic music theory. I discovered I didn't know my alphabet, musical alphabet that is. I have some basic warm up exercises and some basic rolls. I went to OfficeMax and got a notebook to store my little sheets of musical knowhow. I practiced for about 1.5 hrs. My arm got really tired on my left side. Seemed weird. I was able to get the warm-up working ok. Just holding the banjo I'm not sure how to do it. Everything at this time seems awkward. I look forward to day two and a lot more practice.

5 comments on “Oct. 1, 2007: Lesson 1”

Joanchek Says:
Monday, October 1, 2007 @11:38:09 PM

Mike, a strap will help with left-arm fatigue.  Holding your arm halfway up for an hour and a half is tiresome! and supporting a banjo while holding it halfway up is even moreso.  If you are wearing a strap already, it may need to be a smidge tighter.  The banjo neck should stay at a 45-degree angle without your hand supporting the neck.

Good luck---you are going to have so much fun!  :D   Take a minute to record your very first song, and save the recording.  It's really fun to hear how far you've come a few months or a year later!

Hopalong Says:
Tuesday, October 2, 2007 @12:50:36 AM

Spend some time listening to songs and tunes you like. Suggest songs to your teacher that you know and want to play. You'll go farther and faster this way. Good Luck. Hopalong Peter

PruchaLegend Says:
Tuesday, October 2, 2007 @1:32:01 AM

Way to go, Mike!! You'll never regret it. I've loved taking lessons.

LParker Says:
Tuesday, October 2, 2007 @9:35:58 PM

I still remember my first lessons.  They will stay with you forever. You will always build on what you learn.  And always have fun pickin'  . who can't smile when they are holding a banjo.

Cheers . . .  Lee

A Rich Taylor Says:
Wednesday, October 3, 2007 @1:40:06 AM

way to go mike....there is a short period of time when starting anything new,  where you are using muscles as never before.  You'll soon figure out how to hold and play the banjo without wearing yourself out. I encourage you to get a strap asap.  You can let the banjo hange between your legs in a sitting position and your left arm is not having to reach so high to fret the thing.    

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