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Bad Banjo 

Posted 8/23/2008 2:04:46 PM

Banjo Camp Arlington

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3 comments on “Bad Banjo”

joemac Says:
Saturday, August 23, 2008 @11:46:45 PM

Hi Lorraine, looks like you had a great time.....well done!  

lapso77 Says:
Sunday, August 24, 2008 @12:07:11 PM

U know what i'm a pretty impulsive person & will do all sorts of stuff but going to dallas was the best  stupid idea I ever had. At school they run a book as to how many classes i'd go to..... the  best thought i'd be about 1, but I went to all ....6 hrs a day. Mind u I swapped from clawhammer to bluegrass cos I didn't get on with Dan levenson...top player but a real harsh guy...we got into an argument early on when he said all classical players are not musicians cos they read from score......I said what about interpretation and what makes a good player from a bad and he wouldn't let it lie and neither would i.....i guess playin clawhammer was 4 me an easy way of just doing a bit of melody and a bit of chords and I wasn't up for his full on technique....good as it was. it was more fun to try out bluegrass cos no-one was gonna have a go at me cos i had no technique. I totally love Gerald Jones....he is the Shane mcgowan of bluegrass ( but with teeth) it was a riot and now i'm sitting here in Clacton with finger picks etc and the earl Scruggs book and being a beginner again well whatver it's all fun

FiddlerFaddler Says:
Sunday, August 24, 2008 @3:01:16 PM

Well then, according to Dan I'm not a real musician.  I know some stuff by heart, of course, but being a late bloomer, it's all that I can do to keep up with the Joneses (and no, none of them is *The* Gerald Jones) and other folks I meet at jams and sing-a-longs.  I would memorize everything worthwhile, but I have hungry mouths to feed and bills to pay.  I can't afford to be a music bum (sorry if that word has any unintended meanings in the UK; here in the States it is a synonym for a ne'er-do-well, *a person who avoids work and sponges on others; loafer; idler*).

So I cheat by looking at chord sheets so that I know what the harmony is doing, and I look at standard notation out of the Fiddler's Fakebook and other sources when the tune or song at hand is not one of the handful committed to my memory.  If no such resource is available, I look at a guitarist's left hand (if he's right-handed) to help figure out what is going on.

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