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The Ever Changing Practice Routine

From pickn5 on 10/10/2019 5:56:12 AM

After a recent visit to a jam, I decided that I need a lot more work on my banjo picking. With that in mind, I changed my practice routine. I started using Wayne Erbsen's Bluegrass Banjo For The Complete Ignoramous. His approach is different than the other lesson material I've used. He starts with just the melody notes, then shows you how to add in grace notes, pinches, and different rolls as you progress on each tune. I spend about a half hour on that. This is where I'm learning new tunes. I'm working on Down The Road now. I then spend a half hour working on backup using Geoff Hohwald's Banjo Rythm &  Backup 101. I then try to get 30 minutes picking tunes I know with the goal of improving accuracy and increasing tempo. I try to get 20-30 minutes on practicing harmonica also.

Some days you get it all in, and some days you don't. There is room for flexibility, and I don't get upset when not all is accomplished. Every now and then I just play for fun picking the tunes I know.


WayneConrad says:
10/10/2019 10:06:55 AM

What a great practice routine. You're setting a good example!

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