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This picking is stale

Posted by banjo25 on Thursday, January 25, 2007

Main Entry: 1stale
Pronunciation: 'stAl
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): stal·er; stal·est
Etymology: Middle English, settled, clear (of ale), not fresh, from Anglo-French estale, probably from Middle Dutch stel old (of beer)
1 : tasteless or unpalatable from age <stale bread>
2 : tedious from familiarity <a stale routine>
3 : impaired in legal force or effect by reason of being allowed to rest without timely use, action, or demand <a stale affidavit> <a stale debt>
4 : impaired in vigor or effectiveness
- stale·ly /'stAl-lE/ adverb
- stale·ness noun

I would say number two and four apply to my banjo picking the last several days. I am in the middle of what could be a good breakthrough for me personally - mainly tickering around with mixolodian and dorian - but I find myself playing the scales over and over rather than improvising anything that sounds pleasing to my ear. I'm sure everybody can relate to a funk like this - -one day everything sounds great and the next day it's back to square one. I would welcome any fresh ideas or new ways of approaching the modes if anybody feels like pulling me out of this hole or can relate to feeling like a two month old loaf of bread.

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