Posted by campbelldb on Thursday, October 16, 2008
Just wanted to share some notes about a great banjo class that I had with Eddie today. I had signed up for a banjo workshop by Eddie on Oct 18 but I have to leave for a job assignment on that day so Eddie came to my home to give me a class which was above and beyond the call of duty if you ask me.
He showed me the proper positioning of the left hand. I was really limiting and hurting my playing with my incorrect left hand position. It will take awhile to get used to the proper way to do it but the effort will be worthwhile.
I was also placing my finger too far from the fret and improving on this really improved the quality of the sound.
For my warmups, I was just practicing songs that I could play fairly well. He showed me specific left and right hand exercsies that will reduce the amount of time it takes me to warm up and that will improve the flexibiltiy and range of my finger movements.
I asked him if my hands were too small to be a good banjo player and he said my hands are about the same size as Earl's so it's nice to know I have at least one thing in common with Earl!
I highly recommend it if you get a chance to attend one of his workshops or purchase his manuals. Eddie's website is at: http://www.eddiecollins.biz
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @3:07:24 PM
Please keep us informed of your progress. It is great to hear that you were granted home tuition and that you really paid attention.
I wonder what those left and right hand warm up exercises are?
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