Over the last couple of months I have not really progressed my current goal of learning multiple new tunes for our monthly session. Our session last month was cancelled and that rather removed the impetus.
I have however been playing my banjo plenty. A 'dropped goal' once the session close by me opened up was learning tunes to sing along to. I've pretty much focussed on that over the last two months. I've learned the words to a few tunes and practiced singing them out loud, and learned one new tune to sing and play. I've also taught myself to use my index finger as well as my middle, and recent nail issues have seen me grind down a metal bluegrass type finger pick to use for clawhammer. I don't really need it as such, but I thought it would be useful to learn how to use just in case. Turns out like using the index it's not too difficult. I've also recently tended to tune up my banjo to A/DD instead of capoing to learn to play it like that. A was easy, but I found some fingerstretches in the DD.
My next 'thing' is to revisit Fred Cockerham's Roustabout. I tried to learn it a year ago, but to be honest I just wasn't able to play fast enough at the time to give it a proper crack of the whip. This time round should hopefully be better. The melody though is pretty much buried in amongst the flurry of notes, so I'm guessing that once I get the tune halfway decent it will prove pretty difficult to learn to sing.
Session on Sunday so I'd best go over all my session tunes this week too.11 comments
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From the UK and new to American Old-Time. Just listening to as much clawhammer as I can without annoying the missus.
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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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