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Sep 23, 2019 - 3:48:38 AM
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21 posts since 4/16/2018

Wow! His playing is truly brilliant! I think I'll give up now. But no, not really. Working on the first Murphy Method videos and have completed first lesson, though I know a couple more tunes fairly well too. Could be a while before I get to this, but who knows?

Oct 6, 2019 - 5:33:20 PM

4 posts since 10/6/2019

Thanks for the youtube links, Rob.
I've been looking for some "alternative" licks for FMB.

Oct 6, 2019 - 6:24:27 PM

360 posts since 11/7/2008

Thanks, John. I have a lot of Skype students in the U.K. but I am not familiar with Maddiston. I am glad to help. I have been hoping to get back to some more banjo videos. Sometimes I get too busy for my own good.

Oct 6, 2019 - 6:25:03 PM

360 posts since 11/7/2008

Glad to help, Anthony.

Feb 25, 2021 - 7:28:41 PM

3 posts since 11/3/2020

Hi Rob,

First off thank you very much for the great banjo lessons!

I've learned cripple creek from you and now I am working on foggy mountain breakdown.

I am able to play along with practice companion B, but struggle as soon as I move to practice companion C. To me it seems like a big increase in tempo.

Do you have any tips or advice for me?

Thanks again!

Feb 25, 2021 - 9:26:27 PM

360 posts since 11/7/2008


I would suggest practicing in two ways. Slow everything down and use a metronome. Keep the tune in time at a slow pace and keep your fingering solid and strong. Then, play beyond your ability and don't worry about messing up. Mistakes are the best way to grow. Isolate measures and cycle them in time, repeating them over and over, making sure that you keep it fast even when missing notes. You'll notice the notes you are missing and those are the ones you can focus on when you slow it back down. We develop fast muscle memory and that is hard to do when playing it slowly. Small chunks, over and over and over until they flow. Then move on. It's like chewing up a steak. I hope this helps.

Jun 14, 2021 - 6:27:32 PM

192 posts since 11/11/2020

Learning so much from this! Is there a part B?

Jun 27, 2021 - 11:14:43 AM

5 posts since 6/27/2021

This is great. Thank you for posting. I’ve been playing for about a month and love finding new ways to learn.

Jun 27, 2021 - 2:22:14 PM



914 posts since 2/15/2014

Stick to the Bourassa method and you will not regret it, concentrate on the many hours of practice for timing and syncopation he explains in his lessons. Rob is a genius and I wish he would do another video.
The fast intro tune to Robs lessons is his own composition ( Jesus Saviour Mine ). It took me several months but I have managed to tab it out on tabledit and can pick it a a bit slower speed but getting faster and accurate. I will upload it if Rob gives the OK

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