Posted by jrjenks on Tuesday, March 18, 2008
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.
Remember, from last week, how proud I was of my new practice regimen? The one where I enter songs from my practice books into TablEdit, play them back with my practice part turned off so I can play along?
Mike, my instructor, really hated it. I asked him his opinion and he gave it: big thumb-down.
The problem is with my song selection. Mike can understand that I want to play along with music and he doesn't object to that, per se. In fact, he recommended that I look for some band-minus-one CDs. But Mike says that practicing the songs as I was practicing them would make me a boring, soulless player. The songs, as TablEdit played them, were robotic and dull.
Back to the drawing board.
Also in the last week:
Tuesday, March 18, 2008 @10:26:06 AM
You might consider getting Band in a Box software. That way you can put chords to whatever song you're learning into BIAB and it'll play backup for you at any speed and in any key. I use it daily for practice and it doesn't make me a boring, soulless player. It does help you learn good timing -- if you slow down or speed up, it doesn't and it'll help your timing immensely.
I don't understand why your teacher doesn't like Tabledit, but I guess he has his reasons -- it also give you the beat and that's what you need to learn: timing, timing, timing.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008 @1:03:06 PM
Thanks for the tip, Texasbanjo. I see that PG Music Inc has a demo version of Band-in-a-Box. It'll let me play with the software for two weeks to decide whether I like it. I'll be trying it out some time.
I think Mike's objections weren't with TablEdit; they were with the source material I'd chosen. (I was entering the tabs from my Hal Leonard Banjo Method books.) But I also think that TablEdit is going to play any tablature in a robotic fashion, even when I choose the "Simulate human playing" option.
I know that Mike doesn't object to playing along with a gadget. He continues to rave about his Tascam MP-GT1 Guitar Trainer, which he uses to play MP3s in the same way that you use Band-in-a-Box.
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