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Cotton Eye Joe

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

I've had precious little practice in the last week.  I wish I could post some cool practice notes for you, but it's mostly been work, and a little bit of practicing for the folk festival.

The band met at an open mic. last Wednesday, one I've never been to, to perform a short set (4 songs).  We got a short time to practice outside before the set.  I was pleased that my banjo wasn't mic'd.  I don't know if that was an oversight, or the band leader whispered a word to the sound guy, but it was for the best because I wasn't ready for it.  I made sure to look like I was having fun, dance around a little, smile some.  If I can't do a good job musically, at least add to the show visually.  I muddled through three tunes, but then played Cripple Creek well (I know it already).  For that one, I wish I'd have had a mic.

I had no stage fright at all.  I've been worried that my increasing ease with performing was just because I've gotten comfortable with Fiddler's Dream, where I usually play, and that performing anywhere else would make me afraid all over again.  But I was completely at ease.

During my Thursday lesson, my instructor remembered that the band leader sometimes performs Wildwood Flower, so we toyed around with that in double-D.  That's a nice tuning for it.  I usually go to an open stage after my lesson on Thursday, but I skipped it because it was such a busy week.

When I do get any practice in, it's mostly been Cotton Eyed Joe, one of the songs the band will be playing.  It's a cut-time tune with just one chord.  It's fun to improvise and mess around with because I don't  have to worry about what chord is coming next.  I think I'll do alright with that song.  I might even manage a break.  I'm trying different ways to play it to keep it interesting.

Work has been a monster.  I haven't been getting my morning practices, and after work I'm too wiped out to want to play.  I got some practice in just now because I woke up with an acid stomach.  Take some antacids, go in the garage and practice, head back to bed.

4 comments

Practicing Backup

Monday, December 11, 2017 11 comments

Cripple Creek Backup

Thursday, December 7, 2017 6 comments

Treading Water. Perfectionism.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 14 comments

First time at fiddle speed

Sunday, November 19, 2017 4 comments

Almost fiddle speed

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 12 comments

This Little Light of Mine. Speed.

Sunday, November 12, 2017 3 comments

Jamming on the fretless

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 8 comments

Playing in the park

Monday, October 30, 2017 6 comments

No peeking

Sunday, October 29, 2017 19 comments

Sing Low

Friday, October 27, 2017 6 comments

Tuning by ear

Saturday, October 21, 2017 15 comments

Ear Training and Morse Code

Thursday, October 19, 2017 5 comments

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Playing Since: 2012
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Age: 60

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Was born. Lived 51 years without playing anything. Dad handed me his banjo. Here I am.

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