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Banjo versus TV: Week 26

Posted by jrjenks on Saturday, July 12, 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.
Banjo 190 hrs, TV 156 hours

This was kind of a big week for me, banjo-wise. I've decided to switch banjo teachers. Mike has been a great teacher, but I want to get really good at bluegrass stuff and his expertise is in frailing.

I'll still be working with Mike, but in a different capacity. One of the banjo jamming skills I'm working on is my ability to follow the guitar. In order to do that well I need to recognize what chords the guitarist is playing. I figure the best way to do that is to learn a little guitar myself, and Mike is a great guitar teacher. So I'll be taking some guitar lessons from Mike.

But I'm looking into some other teachers for the bluegrass banjo. Watch this space for the results.

Cross-posted at J.R. Jenks' blog


3 comments on “Banjo versus TV: Week 26”

bob gregory Says:
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @8:19:07 PM

g'day mate, good luck in finding a new teacher.

pauwac Says:
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @6:50:54 AM

Well, here in Chicago you have Hogeye (actually in Evanston) and the Old Town School, for starters.  I will give a plug for Hogeye--I think Ben Wright is teaching there now, and the owner, Jim, is a great guy and a fine musician himself.  It's a comfortable hole in the wall kind of place that is a throwback to older shops where the owner is friendly, knows his merchandise, isn't in a hurry, and so on.  The practice rooms are in the basement and they resemble small caves, buy, hey, we're banjo players and caves shouldn't scare us.

jrjenks Says:
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @5:20:38 AM

Thanks, bob gregory and pauwac.  As you can see from my more recent posts, I've found my new banjo teacher.

And, yeah, I like Hogeye in Evanston (where I had my fifth string capos installed) and Old Town (where I've recently purchased a hard case for travel).  I plan to participate in some Old Town events.

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