Posted by jrjenks on Thursday, May 1, 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.
I worked on two things this last week: my pinky and my smoothness.
For the pinky, I played Rocky Top from my Easy Banjo Solos book. Its chord progression (G-C-G-Em-D-G-C-G-Em-D-G-Em-G-F-C-G-F-G) includes a little bit of the pinky-centric D and F chords. I had to play this song at a painfully slow pace, but I played it.
And speaking of pace, I worked on my smoothness by setting my metronome at a leasurely 100 beats per minute and playing all of my songs (except Rocky Top) at that speed. I kept wanting to go faster, but it was good for me to stick to that pace and to concentrate on a nice, smooth play.
Also in the last week:
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'Banjo Ben Clark' 59 min
'Drop in the Bucket' 1 hr