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Saturday, May 19, 2012

I recorded myself today and thought it sounded pretty good. What a difference from a year ago or even six months ago. So I guess I will keep my practice routine more or less the same. I spend more than an hour each day playing songs I know well with backing tracks. This is to continue getting muscle memory,  to continue improving timing and rhythm and tone, and speed.

I also spend time playing banjo alone with no backing tracks or metronome or anything. And I play along with some youtube videos. I learn a new song maybe every two weeks, sometimes from tabs but mostly by ear.

Once in a while I go through my instruction books again -- the Janet Davis books Splitting the Licks, Backup Banjo, and Up the Neck.

What I am doing seems to be working for now, because I still want to improve timing and tone and speed. I am not trying to do anything very fancy or difficult.

One other thing I am doing is trying to get a more old-timey sound for certain songs. I think I have a pretty good arrangement for Sail Away Ladies, where I use a lot of hammer-ons and open strings.

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but then again

Monday, February 20, 2012 1 comment

oh yeah

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Got it.

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Back to Normal

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Monday, June 13, 2011 2 comments

getting it

Friday, April 8, 2011 5 comments

better and better

Sunday, March 6, 2011 3 comments


Friday, January 7, 2011 1 comment

played for the old folks again

Monday, December 13, 2010 1 comment


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nursing home gig

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 2 comments


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Friday, October 1, 2010 Add Comment

More Recording

Saturday, September 25, 2010 Add Comment

Getting Better

Friday, September 17, 2010 4 comments


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HIghs and lows

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Played guitar, including folk and classical, for a long time, and started banjo in 2003, had 2 open-backs. Got my first bluegrass banjo summer 2008, and finally started learning Scruggs style. Got a Recording King Madison RK-R35 10/5/2011, my first banjo that has a bluegrass style brass tone ring.

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