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Posted by Nelson on Friday, September 12, 2008

One of these days I am going to be able to change my experience level to something higher than "novice"  I have recently begun lessons... although my teacher's background is mainly composition/guitarist, he does play banjo and is teaching me to sight read standard musical notation and is delving deeper into music theory and how it all comes together. Someday I will actually know what I am doing and why I am doing it... it will take time but ifeel it will come.

I just thought that I would update my blog in the event that some of you out there were becoming bored with the other "Cute" one that I had on display for lo these many months... Wow, somebody immortalizes you in song and you start telling people what to do... you know who you are. 

10 comments on “A new blog”

twayneking Says:
Friday, September 12, 2008 @9:50:40 PM


I don't think I'll ever have the nerve to upgrade my experience level and I've been playing 34 years.  Some of these guys are just plain good and I don't have the self-discipline to practice that hard.

Nelson Says:
Saturday, September 13, 2008 @10:07:46 AM

Yeah, I know what you mean... I have always thought that there should be a level in between "Novice" and "Purty Good"... something like "intermediate" or something like that. 

Jane C Says:
Saturday, September 13, 2008 @11:19:32 AM

How about "So not a novice" ? Because you are not. I've heard you play so there. ; }

Nelson Says:
Saturday, September 13, 2008 @7:20:46 PM

Jane, you are right... I agree.  I am in that area between "Novice" and "Purty Good".  There should be am "Intermediate" choice.  You have no idea what kind of problems I have with timing... it is really bad.  I am getting better but I still can't muster up the chutzpah (may not be spelled right) to say I am "Purty Good".  8^)

Jane C Says:
Sunday, September 14, 2008 @10:49:47 AM

8^) not seen that before.

 I'm tempted to say something rude about men and timing but I won't, you're a million times better than I ever expect to be, you should be proud of yourself. Mind you you've been playing 30 or more years longer than me, so maybe when I'm 81?

Nelson Says:
Sunday, September 14, 2008 @12:25:43 PM

That's the spirit... I spent most of those 30 years playing my guitar while patrolling beneath the seven seas... (well maybe not all seven... never made it to the Indian Ocean) 8^)

Jane C Says:
Friday, October 3, 2008 @1:32:13 PM

You must be pretty good at holding your breath.

egyptlove3 Says:
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 @12:09:21 PM

I wish I could read regular music and know why I'm playing the notes I'm playing and know immediately what they were as soon as my fingers hit them. I think I would be a whole lot better at playing and writing then.

heehaw Says:
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 @12:59:25 PM

Thanks for the advice, I'm liking Mary Z Cox! Very cool indeed. Which style do you play?

Nelson Says:
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @11:06:21 AM

I play the three finger style... not well, but I have fun. I flirted with clawhammer many years ago and still occasionally play a tune in clawhammer but for the most part I do not care for the need to use many different tunings ( which clawhammer seem to relish). Once I get my banjo in tune I hate to disturb it.

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