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May 16, 2020 - 7:51:46 PM
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What is everyone’s favorite song to get the fingers limbered up? Mine has always been Fireball Mail and No Mother or Dad. After 14 years those are still the 2 songs I warm up with the most.

May 16, 2020 - 8:18:58 PM

34 posts since 12/31/2012

Salty dog blues

May 16, 2020 - 8:25:18 PM



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Lonesome Road Blues and Ground Speed

May 16, 2020 - 8:33:20 PM
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50915 posts since 10/5/2013

It changes week to week. Often it’s Fireball Mail,, sometimes Little Georgia Rose or Nine Pound Hammer

May 16, 2020 - 9:03:29 PM
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1054 posts since 11/9/2010

Pick Away; Dooley in G (really stretches the left hand pinky!); Farewell Blues

May 16, 2020 - 9:25:23 PM

3993 posts since 10/18/2007

Jesse James-- which have never played in public.

May 16, 2020 - 11:12 PM
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Part A of Groundspeed or Big Country, or Fireball Mail

Edited by - ChunoTheDog on 05/16/2020 23:12:50

May 16, 2020 - 11:58:19 PM

449 posts since 2/5/2014

Blackbird. It helps me to be sure I am in tune.

May 17, 2020 - 12:23:22 AM



652 posts since 9/20/2011

Worried man blues

May 17, 2020 - 4:45:29 AM
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24643 posts since 8/3/2003

I don't have a favorite song for warm up. I have certain exercises that I do that go up and down the fretboard and help warm me up. Othe than that, I have so many songs I like that I couldn't pick a favorite.

May 17, 2020 - 5:01:45 AM

3386 posts since 7/12/2006

Good topic! I usually go with a simple Ralph Stanley tune to rev up my forward roll. CMB or his version of Cluck Old Hen. Other favs of mine are Runaround by J.D. and Newton Grove by JMB. If im feeling melodic its usually song for Susan.

Edited by - stanleytone on 05/17/2020 05:02:55

May 17, 2020 - 5:59:21 AM



106 posts since 3/26/2014

John Hardy

May 17, 2020 - 6:23:58 AM

1958 posts since 2/10/2013

I warm up by playing some Pat Cloud exercises that improve keyboard familiarity, a couple of tunes in non-standard tuning (i.e. Home Sweet Home, Farewell Blues, Hard Times) and the current "new tune" I am working on. Right now that tune is a melodic version of "Big Sandy River". Playing "Home Sweet Home" keeps my reverse rolls "up to snuff". I like playing tunes that serve as enjoyment and strengthen playing technique.

May 17, 2020 - 6:31:14 AM



21760 posts since 7/6/2005

Sledd Ridin'

May 17, 2020 - 7:25:35 AM

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Fireball Mail or Shucking the Corn

May 17, 2020 - 9:45:12 AM
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2181 posts since 9/25/2006

"Bury Me Beneath the Willow." Always been my favorite, my grandfather used to warm up on that song as well.

May 17, 2020 - 1:21:33 PM

3518 posts since 12/6/2009

usually I just start by playing something I had been thinking about before I picked up the banjo. Or maybe had an Idea of something I wanted to try and to see how it sounded. usually warm up comes with just playing the thing for a while. If I get the urge when the house is sleeping early I'll play the cheap quiet banjo with just bare fingers in the computer room.

May 17, 2020 - 3:42:11 PM

72608 posts since 5/9/2007

I often start with Don Stover's Old Liza Jane or Black Diamond.

May 18, 2020 - 7:38:11 AM
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337 posts since 7/1/2006

Just Over In The Gloryland or The Flint Hill Special

May 18, 2020 - 8:01:06 AM

56 posts since 9/23/2019

Originally posted by Matthew Wyatt

What is everyone’s favorite song to get the fingers limbered up? Mine has always been Fireball Mail and No Mother or Dad. After 14 years those are still the 2 songs I warm up with the most.

Hah!  I just learned those two solos this week.  Happy that I can play a Scruggs break more or less as he played it.  

May 18, 2020 - 6:10:19 PM

6929 posts since 2/14/2006

Cumberland Gap

Jun 5, 2020 - 12:12:23 PM
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38 posts since 1/21/2013

Angelina Baker is our jam warmup song. The San Antonio version is called Enchilada Maker. ;)

Jun 5, 2020 - 12:59:03 PM

56 posts since 12/5/2015

If its in the morning with coffee, I play circular scales, major and Bebop scales of Bb, F, C, G, D, A, E all on open banjo, then Bach Prelude to Cello Suite in G. It takes about 10 minutes tops.....Even if you only choose to do one set of scales, it limbers up the fingers quite nicely, gets your thinker going, and pulls your middle finger off of the first string. Scales do wonders for syncing the index and middle fingers together.


For Rolling Bluegrass.....John Hardy, Angelina Baker, or Waterbound (I like to warm up with clawhammer tunes I play...but using three fingers).

Jun 5, 2020 - 1:28:58 PM

334 posts since 3/27/2011

Molly Bloom

Jun 5, 2020 - 6:29:44 PM
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1417 posts since 11/25/2007

I've always been fond of "Down the Road" and "Blackberry Blossom" to get the digits in synch.

Jun 6, 2020 - 6:40:06 AM
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Little Maggie all over the neck

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