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.
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.
bob gregory Says:
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @8:19:07 PM
g'day mate, good luck in finding a new teacher.
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.
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @5:20:38 AM
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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