Posted by jrjenks on Tuesday, September 23, 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 post covers 9/17/2008 through 9/23/2008.
I had a really great playing moment this last week. I brought my banjo along for a lunch break in the park and decided to try to play along with some of my bluegrass CDs. It worked! I was able to keep up with a simple boom-chick accompaniment for anything in G, even the fast stuff. (Next time I'll bring my capo so I can accompany the A stuff, too.) It was a really sweet hey-I-can-do-this feeling.
Also in the last week:
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @7:02:33 AM
For the record, I think guys are supposed to vamp by doing a boom-chuck. It's the gals that are supposed to do a boom-chick. Mandolinists do chops, but they sound like chicks not chucks to me. When vamping, if you go far enough up the neck, the chucks do start to sound like chicks.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @8:10:24 AM
I call it boom-chick, as in boom-chick-a-wa-wa.
The redhead says I'm mistaken, though, and says it's boom-chuck, as in boom-chuck-a-lacka.
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