Posted by agerton on Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I finally retired for good recently and now trying to find time to get back to lessons and practice on a regular basis. Love the banjo, but have found it very difficult to practice during the past couple of years. l look forward to getting back to it. Other things have taken up my time in the last year or so, but now that's about finished.
So, does anyone have suggestions, recommendations, comments or whatever on anything that would make it easier to get back into the swing of it? I'm aware that practice is the Major item, but anything in addition?
Had an opportunity to do some online correspondence with Lee Marcus, who contributes to the Banjo Hangout Tab archives. Enjoyed the rapport. Sounds like a great person.
My previous teacher was Jimmy Bowden, Grover, SC. Great teacher. He played professionally with a traveling band back when bluegrass wasn't popular. Retired now, has a whole list of students., I plan to get back on that list soon.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007 @10:26:41 AM
Tom, make time to play every day. Don't think about it as "practice," think about it as playing time. Make your playing time a priority, not something you work in when you can manage it. I've also found that listening to as many players as possible (the Jukebox here is excellent, because there are players of all skill-levels) helps me a great deal.
Others will tell you to play with other people as often and as soon as you can. That's not really an option for me, but I wish it was. I'm sure your teacher can point you in the direction of some jamming opportunities.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007 @6:06:46 PM
Thursday, February 9, 2012 @1:06:28 PM
Back at'em. I've been away from my banjo for the past couple of years, broke it out the other night and found I haven't forgotten all I knew, which wasn't much to start with. Fingers don't want to go where they should, tempo is off, timing is in the pits, a little "Arthur" in the knuckles, not much left to go wrong. So, guess the bottom of the barrel is the best place to start a comeback. One hour a day seemed too little, so I moved it up to an hour and a half. Even this seems to pass to quickly. In either case, its a way to pass an enjoyable session. Feels good to have it in my hands again.
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