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Feb 17, 2010 - 7:50:46 PM

390 posts since 12/15/2009

I learned FMB from Rob's lessons, too...after I got his CC lessons down real good.

There's nothing cooler than the first time you actually nail it at speed, is there!?

Now I only have 2 real problems:
1) How to keep my wife from running off because I won't quit practicing it, and
2) I'm developing a pretty good case of Foggy Mountain Forearm.

(I recon chocolate will fix the first one and ibuprofen for the second, then I'll head off into Old Joe Clark and see what happens.)

Thanks for the chops, Rob!

Feb 18, 2010 - 12:17:31 PM

360 posts since 11/7/2008

Bad Taco,

It is amazing that spouses and children have no idea whatsoever, of how much practice on the exact same piece is needed, just to make it sound musical.

Glad it's working.

Edited by - Rob Bourassa on 02/18/2010 12:21:17

Feb 18, 2010 - 12:20:09 PM

360 posts since 11/7/2008

You are welcome Slim and Matt. I hope I can get some more lessons out in a few weeks.

Feb 20, 2010 - 6:27:06 PM

michael guest

New Zealand

1 posts since 8/22/2005

Dear Rob . . . Here I am way down at the bottom of the Pacific in Dunedin, New Zealand and your lessons for Foggy Mountain Breakdown are absolutely fantastic!! I have only just discivered them a week ago. Thank you so much. Head and shoulders the best ever. Regards . . . . . . Michael Guest

Feb 21, 2010 - 8:07:35 PM

360 posts since 11/7/2008

Thank you Michael.

I would love to see New Zealand some day.

Let me know how the lessons work for you.

Feb 25, 2010 - 5:36:11 AM

maniac

USA

1 posts since 2/25/2010

Hi , Paul here...I just found this forum and these lessons are great , hard to believe someone this day and age would do something for free..PLEASE keep up the good work..
I recieved an Oscar Schmidt ob3 for Christmas from my wife (she loves to hear banjo) and am trying to learn a few things on it . In just one hour of these lessons I have learned more than a month of a book that came with it ,.THANKS again,,,Paul

Feb 25, 2010 - 12:15:23 PM

richla

USA

411 posts since 2/11/2010

Hi Everybody:
Being very new here, I was quite surprised to find the tabs and Rob's video for FMB, this is great!
Two questions that I have, that I didn't see mentioned:
1. What is that text "tabedit version demo", is there a way to remove it? (on the tab sections)
2. I see "page 2/3" Is page three missing because Rob hasn't completed it, yet?

Again, amazing resource, I just wanted to clarify.
Thanks
Rich

Feb 25, 2010 - 4:20:23 PM

69 posts since 12/11/2009

one video and you've become a superstar rob lol

Feb 26, 2010 - 11:34:52 AM

150 posts since 4/14/2009

I keep claiming that I know the song and I've moved on to different songs, but is there something unique about the second up the eminor part, that I should take into consideration, because I always mess up the rythmn for the whole band everytime I play that part it never fails.

Feb 26, 2010 - 11:37:29 AM

Milli2

USA

677 posts since 2/26/2010

Wow Rob, your lessons are amazing. Thank you so very much for taking the time and going through such a list of mishaps.

I hope you're not going to take the FMB vids down. I have tried 3 or 4 different downloaders sofar, and not one worked. So I have to just go to youtube.

Thank you again so much!

Milli.

Feb 26, 2010 - 11:45:59 AM

150 posts since 4/14/2009

there's something about the rythmn that messes them up.

Feb 26, 2010 - 1:30:13 PM

69 posts since 12/11/2009

Milli2 YouTube Clip Extractor google it

Feb 26, 2010 - 10:02 PM

360 posts since 11/7/2008

You are welcome, and thanks for the kind words.

Richla, I don't see what you're talking about. Can you send me a link of the one in question?

Don't worry Milli, I don't plan on taking them down.

Profile 101, I know that a lot of my private students have trouble after the 2nd Em hammer, because it usually wants to drag when the index plucks the 4th string to keep the forward roll going. I would cycle that over and over till it gets in time. That's the hardest part for most folks.

Thanks Stony; The guru of tech.

Feb 27, 2010 - 2:14:01 PM

27 posts since 2/9/2010

Thanks, Rob, for these videos. I've been playing banjo for 30 years but I'm 100% self-taught and always played FMBD my own convoluted way, which is very different from the Scruggs version. Maybe now thanks to you I'll be able to finally get it "right."

Feb 28, 2010 - 1:17:36 PM

360 posts since 11/7/2008

I don't know if it's right Gretschman. I remember learning it several different times, but eventually hunkered down with an old Mercury 45, and re-vamped it to my memory of that. I change it up a bit.

I had a banjo teacher named Jim Morgan, and his teacher was a guy named Paul Boyd. We all did it differently. I also had the Scruggs book, which I think is a bit different as well. Who knows?

The only other book I had was Peter Wernick's, which I also liked a lot. I learned several tunes from that book, and revamped them, due to attrition. If one becomes familiar with the instrument, things change over time, because you start to mix and match. It's like grandma adding more salt to the soup every year.

I am basically a guy who played a lot of banjo in the late 70s, who didn't touch one for 20 years almost, because I was too busy playing guitar for the groceries. I have people mention tunes that I played every night for years, and I have to try to remember how they go.

Feb 28, 2010 - 7:02:36 PM

gryphon

USA

101 posts since 2/28/2010

I, too, want to add my note of thanks here! I just purchased a banjo two days ago and am in the process of going through your FMB video lessons. I am about half way through now. Getting it up to speed is the problem, isn't it? OMG. But it is coming along. Thank you for your efforts! Much appreciated.

Feb 28, 2010 - 7:25:11 PM

81 posts since 1/1/2010

quote:
Originally posted by richla

1. What is that text "tabedit version demo", is there a way to remove it? (on the tab sections)

Thanks
Rich


The free download of TABLEDIT is a demo program. The only way to stop that text from popping up is to purchase the program.....otherwise you just have to put up with them popping up.

Mar 1, 2010 - 9:05:28 AM

360 posts since 11/7/2008

What is TABLEDIT? Is it popping up on one of my vids?

Mar 1, 2010 - 9:09:27 AM

360 posts since 11/7/2008

Milli,

If you go to page One of this thread, you will see a whole set of links. They should take you directly to the lessons.

I think it worked for everyone else.

Mar 1, 2010 - 4:48:27 PM

dubtom

Ireland

207 posts since 12/21/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Rob Bourassa

What is TABLEDIT? Is it popping up on one of my vids?



No I wouldn't think so Rob,it's a downloadable program for writing and reading, it also plays the tab exactly as written.

Mar 1, 2010 - 9:21:55 PM

Milli2

USA

677 posts since 2/26/2010

quote:
Originally posted by Rob Bourassa

Milli,

If you go to page One of this thread, you will see a whole set of links. They should take you directly to the lessons.

I think it worked for everyone else.



Thank you Rob, but no, I have no problem getting to the right pages on Youtube. It's just that I would have liked to download them so I also have the lessons when I'm not on line but I have a Mac laptop and I haven't found a download program yet that is supported by Mac's OS X.

Other than that I'm fine. Love the lessons, love my banjo, life is good !

Mar 2, 2010 - 1:03:06 AM

69 posts since 12/11/2009

Milli Go to the link I'm sure one of these will work for you, if not get back to us

macshareware.com/software/yout...extractor

Mar 4, 2010 - 8:17:59 AM

150 posts since 4/14/2009

I want to use the tablature, but I have to install it so thats a problem because I can't download anything at the library.

Mar 4, 2010 - 8:18:19 AM

150 posts since 4/14/2009

sorry install

Mar 13, 2010 - 5:49:29 AM

34 posts since 1/31/2010

Thank you for puting these videos on here rob. Part of the joy of teaching is seeing your students progress, so I'm adding a link to a video of me playing after only playing a banjo for the first time three months ago. The only other instrument that I have ever played is the harmonica.
youtube.com/watch?v=bCOsfFRIm1g

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