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First lesson with my favourite banjo player!

Posted by ruraltradpunk on Sunday, October 14, 2007

I've been wanting to get some lessons for ages and had taken down the numbers of a couple of teachers in my area the last time I was at Clareen Banjos. Typically, life kept getting in the way and I didn't get around to calling anyone. A few weeks ago I was perusing the classified section of the Galway Advertiser, a local free sheet, and spied an ad for banjo lessons, and the name to contact was "Angelina". Now I knew that Angelina Carberry,( who's probably my favourite banjo player at the moment) lived in Galway and thought to meself what are the odds of there being another banjo playing Angelina in the area? So I rang the ad and was delighted to find out that it was indeed herself! I had my first lesson last Thursday and it was brilliant - she taught me a Paddy O'Brien tune, it's a jig (she wasn't sure of the name of it..) and super fun and challenging to play. Seeing Angelina play in person was so cool, because you really get a chance to notice all the subtle things she does throughout the tune. I feel like I'm really going to make great progress with these lessons - it's invaluable to have someone else watch you play because they notice stuff in your technique (or lack of it!) that you wouldn't. Angelina noticed that I'm occasionally doing two upstrokes in a row when picking - something I was totally unconcious of. So now I'm going back over all the tunes I know and playing them R-E-A-L-L-Y slowly so as to concentrate on my right hand more. I feel so incredibly lucky to be able to learn from someone as gifted as Angelina, she's a great teacher and absolutely dead on as a person too. I'm buying the Zoom H2 this week so I can record all my future lessons. I had briefly considered being frugal and just going for a wee dictation device out of the Argos catalog, but when you added up all the extra things the H2 can do, it was the hands down winner - I can't WAIT to get it!!

2 comments on “First lesson with my favourite banjo player!”

PruchaLegend Says:
Sunday, October 14, 2007 @1:48:10 PM

Jill, I know how you feel. I also take lessons from one of my two favorite banjo players. It is fantastic. 

I mostly play three finger style. My teacher was in a band named Lost Highway. They made a couple of trips to Ireland in the last couple of years. Perhaps you got to see them.

banjo1930 Says:
Monday, October 15, 2007 @12:00:30 AM

I got to have a lesson with Jens Kruger, It is a great experience to learn from someone you look up to so much.

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