Posted by clawfootcurt on Thursday, January 17, 2008
To the next level...
I did some public playing recently at work and at church. I am still a novice player. Good enough for the back porch if you know what I mean. But I received some good encouragement that my playing has really progressed from a year ago. On the other hand, I know my limitations. I feel like it is time to take another step down the road and try to extend my playing abilities.
I like the song Boatman. I blogged Boatman. I have a copy of Dwight Diller's "Banjo 99" cd and that's the first track, I downloaded a copy of Frailin's band playing the song, and most importantly, I have a copy of Ken Perlman's "beginning clawhammer " instruction dvd, which has this as the last piece. On the dvd, Ken says " do not feel you have to master this song before you move on, but it is here to show you good things to come." (I think I got the quote right/close)
I also did some reading on Frailin's web site about his favorite teacher Dwight Diller's recomendations to learn no more than 6 songs per year. (I think it would be the best thing ever to be able to go to a Diller banjo camp. I don't know if I have enough courage to get myself to go at this point. I hear Dan Levenson is a pretty good teacher too though.)
So, I decided to, and started working on Boatman. There are some new fingerings there and a lot of moving around the neck. After 1 1/2 weeks, I am surprised at the progress. I cannot play it smoothly yet, but I thought it would be worse than it is. I want to get very good at this one before I move on, really get into the soul of the song. I am thinking it will be a long road. Maybe even up to 6 months. But the mastery of this song would be quite a showpiece. I have already noticed that it has helped me with the other songs that I play, since most of the other cord shapes are easier. Maybe that's in my imagination, not sure. But I also identified a "lazy thumb" problem with my playing which I have also been addressing. Somehow, I let myself forget to sound the fifth string about half the time or more that my thumb needs to.
I am excited about the possibilities. I hope I have not set myself up for failure. I am just hard-headed and obsessive enough to get the job done no matter the cost I think. Easy to say at the beginning of a long project. We will see.
Oh, and Clawfoot says "Go Pack"
Thursday, January 17, 2008 @11:34:19 AM
Curt, let's say you have a big, gorgeous apple pie in front of you, and you want to eat it. It's delicious. You're hungry. You want it ALL.
You still have to eat it one bite at a time. Take that song one bite at a time, and before you know it you'll be asking if there's any more coffee in the pot while you put your empty plate in the sink.
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