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Fall in Vermont

Posted by tommac on Thursday, October 9, 2008

    Boy it sure is beautiful this time of year.  Lots to do outside, like stacking wood and putting the gardens to bed, but no complaints.  Not much time for "playing" on the Banjo, but still plenty of exercise for the arms.

  I have been teaching a class of intermediate to advanced clawhammer pickers and a few of them had one of those "Aha moments" last night where something clicks.  It had to do with rhythm and timing and all of those overlooked (sometimes) aspects of traditional music
.  Many of these players could play all of the notes just fine but something was lacking.  I had one of the students, who is also a clogger, do a little dancing while I played.  The visual re-enforcement of what you try to achieve on the Banjo as far as the "beat" became a lot more clear to a number of them and their playing instantly changed as they could feel that Old Time Groove.  Very satisfying as a teacher to see them get it.

     Hope all is well with you all out in the world.

ps  The elbow is just about back to normal and feels fine.

5 comments on “Fall in Vermont”

mainejohn Says:
Thursday, October 9, 2008 @10:31:58 AM

I've been back and forth across VT many times and never heard of Adamant. Its not even on my map. I went to UVM in the early 60's, and still feel at home when I'm over there. I have a pic of the group I was in at UVM in my photos on my homepage. Enjoy those maples while the leaves last!

campbelldb Says:
Thursday, October 9, 2008 @11:17:16 AM


My dream is to one day do a bike tour in Vermont; best of succes on your teaching!



tommac Says:
Thursday, October 9, 2008 @11:33:22 AM

Hey mainejohn,

     Adamant is one of the pieces of Calais.  Due north of Montpelier.

fisher Says:
Thursday, October 9, 2008 @2:31:37 PM

It is a beautiful time of the year. Even if your state is upside down}:~))

handsup8 Says:
Monday, October 13, 2008 @12:43:29 PM

Hey Tom, glad to hear the class is going well and that your resident clogger is kickin' in, so to speak. Wish I'd a been there for the "aha." Sure enough has been beautiful out there, Ted.

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