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First Tunes..

Posted by SkaStan on Monday, May 5, 2008

Typing with aching finger tips but progress has its costs. Slowly starting to get those first tunes out. "Red River Valley", "Cripple Creek" and "Juba"  are amoung my favorites so far. OK so I am still playing at about 65bpm but really want to take my time before attempting to speed up, getting the basics down to a tee is my first priority.

Practising is a new thing to me. I have played guitar for years but really only picked it up and messed around, the result being that I have not progressed in ages. With the banjo I have decided to really study the instrument and one of the first big challenges has been using a metronome. I never realized how rubbish my timing is!

Each little step so far has been a challenge. From mastering the first three basic rolls up to trying to master "Juba" all yesterday each new step feels impossable at first but then it slowly comes together, pactience dear boy! I am certain that maybe a year down the line the difficulties I have today I will be able to do in my sleep then, although for sure I will be still be struggling with some other new challenges.

So far my practise sessions seem to be in blocks, eg yesterday I did about 3.5 hours but never managed anything the two days previous. I need to sort out a more regular prectise regime, I would like to be doing at least an hour a day with a few longer sessions a couple of times a week ,lets see...

Already have the urge to start tinkering with the MGB1. I am really happy with the set up at the moment but want to start experimenting a bit with strings, bridges etc. Ordered the book "How To Set Up The Best Sounding Banjo" by Rodger Siminoff to find out more. day you will be mine...

1 comment on “First Tunes..”

BryanWB Says:
Monday, May 5, 2008 @7:42:24 AM

Well done on giving it a go Robert! Constant practice of an hour a day will be much better than a long session and then having a couple of day's break. I'm sure you'll do ok. Best wishes from the UK. Bryan.

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