This was one of the first pages that I went to on the Banjo Hangout. These were inspiring to me.
Along with a great banjo teacher I was inspired by these links. I read about all these books to read about practising as well, and I got most of them, and they have really helped. I can't seem to find where the books came from? Maybe a thread on practising? I know I private messaged one banjo player and he gave me some more good suggestions.
I have a lesson today! Woo hoos!
I have been working on "Blackberry Blossum" and you know I haven't got as far with as I wanted to this week. I have done some playing on the banjo each day, but I didn't quite gell with it this week. I just need to have gone and sat with that hammer on Em, and just done it and done it and hammered. I was a bit crestfallen after my lesson last week, until I started counting out loud whilst I did "Blackberry Blossum" and it made a huge difference. I have also stayed in three different locations in the last two weeks. And it is good to be home again, where I don't have to worry about impinging on anyone else's personal space.
Sometimes I get a collection of notes, and I really just want to play them over and over again. It is like they speak to me. I was concerned at one place that it would get too much for people. Though everyone did respond well to my practising, so it is interesting how much a live instrument speaks to people.
I had no idea that when you turn up lugging a banjo around people get exciting and are like hoping that you are going to play and/or jam with them. Fascinating stuff. So I really had better get back to practising, as it would be so awesome to be a back up banjo playing the chords in the background. I can see why my teacher asked me to learn all the chords and play them this week for all my pieces, which I didn't do, but I did give it a few goes.
I so love Rhiannon Giddens! Absolutely magnificent songwriting! LIke Rumi the Persian poet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVrTf5yOW5s
and Abigail Washburn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xs5vuO3g35s And the depth of imagery, understated but like Rhiannon, it is all there. So powerful. She is a musical Seamus Heaney.
I have been sharing these two singer/songwriters with everyone, and they are getting lots of new fans via me! LOL!
Sadly I adjusted my pointer finger pick without finger, and it was perfect, and it is upsetting my playing. So I will have to get it back where it was. I read that new strings can make a big difference to the sound of your banjo. So I will speak to my banjo teacher about getting some new strings.
History of I have been working on railroad. https://www.thoughtco.com/ive-been-working-on-the-railroad-traditional-1322525
My lesson was awesome. I am learning so much.Add Comment