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Banjo versus TV: Week 4

Posted by jrjenks on Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Banjo 34 hrs, TV 27 hours
A weekly check-in on the Banjo versus TV project -- J.R.'s resolution to spend more time in 2008 on his banjo than on TV.

My car's onboard computer decided to feign an illness this last week, so I missed my banjo lesson while I had the shop look at the problem. (A shout-out to the good people at Grossinger Toyota in Skokie, who didn't charge me a dime for what turned out to be nothing.)

Also in the last week:

  • Encountered my first evidence that this project has made me a more discriminating TV viewer. I was 10 minutes into the episode #3 of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles when I realized that I was wasting my time. I wiped the past and future episodes from my DVR and picked up the banjo.
  • Have enjoyed listening to a borrowed CD set: Bluegrass Bonanza. Thanks, Grant!
  • Also great listening (and free!): The podcasts at The Banjo Hangout. I've been listening to hours and hours of banjo music on my new, cheap ($9.99!) MP3 player.
  • Attended the Lincoln Restaurant's banjo night for the first -- and not the last -- time.


Cross-posted at J.R. Jenks' blog

4 comments on “Banjo versus TV: Week 4”

banjotef Says:
Tuesday, January 29, 2008 @4:04:45 PM

TV can be a time thief!!   You can make more money,  but you can't make more time.    Happy Pickin' !!

Bongshang Says:
Tuesday, January 29, 2008 @4:21:45 PM

For all the bad stuff you hear about tv, it's a great tool to practice to. I find it very good to watch tv whilst practicing banjo (subliminal learning!), especially when learning runs and licks that must be repeated over and over to gain muscle memory. Works a treat

jrjenks Says:
Tuesday, January 29, 2008 @4:39:19 PM

A lot of people tell me that they've been able to train their muscle memory by playing while watching TV.  I've enjoyed playing while watching silent movies on Turner Classic Movies.  I know of someone who swears to Star Trek (The Original Series) as the way to go.  Whatever works for ya.

The goal of the Banjo versus TV project isn't for me to watch less TV; it's for me to play more banjo.  I'm at the Just Startin' level, wanting to get better, and I know that lots of practice is the only way.

So far, so good.

banjotef Says:
Tuesday, January 29, 2008 @5:47:38 PM

Whenever I watch CSI Miami,  when the techno-rock plays during their lab-research scenes,  I turn off the sound and play bluegrass!!    Loads o' fun!!

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