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Soldiers Joy- Tune 4 of 12

Saturday, November 18, 2017

(Sat Evening) Just had my first ten minutes on Soldiers Joy. However, It's a bit late and I'm not able to focus, so I'm gonna leave it till tomorrow. I thought 'difficult', but a quick look back in the blog from when I was checking I could manage the fingering shows I picked it up fairly easily. Maybe I'm just tired.

(Sun) A quick play this morning shows that actually the fingering is fairly easy. However, getting the tune to sound good is going to be an exercise in dynamics as the A part is a lesson in left hand technique. Probably no more practice today as my wrist is shot, I'm not sure whether from banjo or petanque.

(Mon Aft) 45 minutes or so sees the tune almost memorised. It seems easy to get this tune 'in the head' and be thinking about fretting for sound rather than tab notation. I can totally see why some people prefer to learn by ear. Pinkie alternate string hammer ons meant a tired pinkie brought this session to an end early. Maybe I'll be able to sneak in another half hour later on.(Mon Eve) A quick half hour and I think it's memorised. 

(Tues Morn) Picked up the banjo with no tab. Played through the A part easy, on the B part I just could not get the second half. So, a quick view of the tab and a fair amount of looping has seen this tune (I hope) fully memorised. This tune with it's multiple alternate string hammers does 'pull you' to attempting it play it faster. That's something I will have to resist in order to prevent building in mistakes to that last 4 measures. Hopefully another practice todayi n order to consolidate playing of this tune. Tomorrow 'Over the Waterfall'.(Edit-Rock the Cradle Joe). 

(Tues Aft/Eve) As per my blog 'Tune maintenance' the rest of the day saw me have to recoup my other 3 tunes. A quick look at 'Rock The Cradle Joe' shows no tricky fingering issues. 

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Teaching myself clawhammer from a mix of 'Clawhammer From Scratch' and 'Rocket Science Banjo'. Play guitar to a low intermediate level. Have played many instruments to a comfort zone level of just able to play enough to keep myself happy. Determined banjo will be learned more methodically to try and attain a higher level of playing.

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