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Banjo as Nibbles

Friday, January 19, 2007

I've named this new practice method "nibbles" and it is working for me!  Lots of variety, break for a minute or two (no longer) now and then--all the things outlined in kcole's thread about motor skills learning.  Not only am I playing the songs better sooner, but I am memorizing them faster.  Lots faster.  I think "nibbles" is appropriate because I can eat a lot more if I graze than if I sit down to a big meal.  Which is why I try not to graze!

I'm back to the JD book and working in the second half.  I love the Home on the Range arrangement and having fun with it.  I am also just about done with the second Blackberry Blossom arrangement, and I like how it's shaping up.  I am amazed at how much faster I can work the fingerboard than just a couple of months ago.  Memory helps a great deal with that.  But I have a dilemma.

The banjo I play most, Big Banjo, is a Deering Intermediate that was given to me by a friend who just let it sit in the closet for 20 years or so.  I refused it as a gift outright, but agreed to babysit it and play it.  I would really like to have spikes installed, but it's not my banjo to alter.  And since my friend is out of touch recently... I am sort of at a standstill.  I cannot, in good conscience, let anyone drill holes into the neck without knowing it's OK first.  I guess I will try a fifth string capo and see how that works.  I will probably try the bic pen top method first and go from there.

Cold and snowy in the Poconos, so I am hunkered in and got a lot of playing time in today.  I know I have work heading down the pipeline soon, so I am getting in as much picking as possible while I can.  The work, and the new work method, shows.

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I'm a research specialist and mom enjoying life in the Poconos. I'm a new picker, having a grand time and making progress! I am forum coordinator of one of the most successful live online trivia forums on the Internet: visit us at www.eggheadtrivia.net! I have a research business--I do market and industry research for the architectural and engineering industry. I'm also a film and book reviewer--check out my lastest opinions at filmedge.net and postroadreview.com.

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