Posted by sjyokel on Monday, September 29, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008 @5:38:35 AM
Check out Janet Davis' Back Up Banjo book and CD. It's great and will get you started on backup.
Start going to jams and learning to "hear" the chord changes, then you'll be able to do better backup.
Backup is one of the most difficult things to teach because it's so personal -- everyone has their own way of doing it, so.... get in there and figure out what is your way.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008 @8:19:50 AM
The Janet Davis book is a good resource, but it has exactly the kind of problem I'm getting at. It starts by giving you the parts and not a clear idea of what the finished product could be.
The kind of resource I'd like to see is something that looks at how an individual player puts together backup for a song and THEN breaks it down into parts.
What's missing is a resource that looks at styles of backup INSTEAD of just licks...something for an intermediate or advanced player who wants to do more than just follow the chord changes.
You COULD look at the Janet Davis book this way too. She does include complete songs that show how the licks are used, but the book isn't really set up to be approached that way. You have to start in the middle, listen to the song all the way through, and then work your way back to the licks you want to add to your personal style.
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