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Banjo versus TV: Week 8

Posted by jrjenks on Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Banjo 52 hrs, TV 51 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.

Uh-oh. The banjo got clobbered by the Oscars this week.

Also in the last week:

  • The redhead said, "Hey! You're sounding good. I was actually nodding my head to that one." (I look forward to the day when people compliment me on my banjo playing without using the term "actually".)
  • I'm a little bored with the few songs in my books that are within my current skill range, so I've ordered up: Hope those do the trick, 'cause I'm not sure there's a "Pathetically, Incredibly Easy Banjo Solos" book.


Cross-posted at J.R. Jenks' blog

4 comments on “Banjo versus TV: Week 8”

brawny1 Says:
Tuesday, February 26, 2008 @6:32:14 AM

Actually I think there is. It is written by Tim Jumper called The Banjo Players Songbook. I got mine from Amazon for 29.95. Give it a try. Brian

jrjenks Says:
Tuesday, February 26, 2008 @10:19:53 AM

Thanks for the recommendation!

I couldn't find The Banjo Players Songbook listed among the books by Tim Jumper at Amazon.  I did find a copy at a web site in Germany, but at 29,95 EUR plus international shipping to Chicago it's kind of pricey.

I'll keep an eye out for it.

Bogbottom Says:
Tuesday, February 26, 2008 @7:47:54 PM

I, too, am on a mission to replace banjo practice time with the tv. Cut the Oscars off and did practice instead. However, there are some exceptions on the TV watching, such as a few PBS programs.

jrjenks Says:
Tuesday, February 26, 2008 @10:05:29 PM

Bogbottom, I see where you're coming from but I think there's a lot of good stuff on TV.  I'm not really trying to cut down on my TV watching.

I know what you mean about good PBS programs.  Via NetFlix, I'm watching a really great one right now: Earl Scruggs: The Bluegrass Legend.  But I also still watch the junky shows that I love so much: American Idol, Girls Next Door and around two dozen other shows.  Most of my shows aren't good good, but they're still good, if you know what I mean.

My real goal is to spend more time on my banjo.  So I picked an activity that I knew I'd spend time on and have challenged myself to put at least that much time into my banjo.

In fact, it's kind of amazing to me how much TV I get to watch without breaking the at-least-as-much-banjo-as-TV rule.

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