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Small Step for a Man...

Posted by beanseo on Monday, January 1, 2007

Still a pretty small step for Mankind.  I think I had a bit of an epiphany, or at least a breakthrough yesterday.  I've been dinkin' around with different tunings, and was playing quite a bit with Double C.  It's now my fave. 

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a transposition of an Irish polka that I used to play on the fiddle (back before the banjo bug took a chunk out of my hide).  I could only do it in Double C, but once I got that figured out, it struck me that I might could (how's THAT for a Hoosierism?!) do the same with some other tunes.  I then worked out two other tunes and tripped across a whole other OT tune.  All of this in a matter of about 10 minutes.

Now my wife can't drag me away from the dang banjo.  I could barely drag myself away, but I felt a need to rest the hands and check up on the world away from my music chair.  'Course, I didn't go far, as you can see.

The weirdest part of all of this is the timing.  A few days ago I woke up with about 95% hearing loss in my left ear and about 5 - 1-%loss in the right ear, thanks to a delightful ear infection.  (It's so bad that my ear freaked out the nurse and shocked the doctor!)  All of this makes me wonder how good those tunes sound to a healthy ear.  Guess I'll have to wait & see.

1 comment on “Small Step for a Man...”

frailin Says:
Tuesday, January 2, 2007 @11:24:34 AM

Hmmm.  Sometimes bad hearing aids in banjo play.  Certainly helps if those nearby are stone deaf.

Juuuuust joshin'.  Heal fast.  And enjoy!


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