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Learn Banjo Without Playing Notes in Only a Few Minutes!!!

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Jun 25, 2020 - 5:46:26 AM
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5391 posts since 9/21/2007

You read that right! Have you wanted to learn the banjo without an education in music?

Would you like to play "all the most popular melodies and vocal and instrumental accompaniments of the day" without notes?

... in only a few minutes?

Without notes!

In only a few minutes!

Here is the answer...

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Jun 25, 2020 - 6:03:38 AM
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Tweelo

USA

161 posts since 4/14/2014

Does this have anything to do with the Witchcraft Specialist I've seen advertise on here?

Jun 25, 2020 - 6:45:04 AM
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5391 posts since 9/21/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Tweelo

Does this have anything to do with the Witchcraft Specialist I've seen advertise on here?


Is that a reference to one of those spammer bots?  I have not been paying attention to those.

This is a Henry Dobson banjo method from 1887 that uses a crude (but usable) from of tablature.   My outlandish claims are from the introduction page.

I received the copy yesterday in the mail and scanned it so that it is available for the world to use.

Edited by - Joel Hooks on 06/25/2020 06:45:17

Jun 25, 2020 - 6:48:45 AM

Tweelo

USA

161 posts since 4/14/2014

Well thank goodness. I've often said that music contains too many notes. Frankly, I think we should do away with them. Don't even get me started on rhythmic aspects. They're next on the chopping block. Imagine how much easier it would make things?

Jun 25, 2020 - 7:51:05 AM
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jchurch

USA

5 posts since 8/10/2019

so according to page 2 you need a beard and mustache to play the banjo properly. I am halfway there but that explains why I am not an expert yet :)

Jun 25, 2020 - 8:25:21 AM
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Eric A

USA

696 posts since 10/15/2019

quote:
Originally posted by jchurch

so according to page 2 you need a beard and mustache to play the banjo properly. I am halfway there but that explains why I am not an expert yet :)


When I see all these young guys with beards I assume they are either clawhammer banjo guys, or craft beer guys, or both.

And yes, a lot of banjo tunes/tabs have "too many notes".   I believe every tune has a "hook".  It's just a phrase here or there that tells you which tune it is.  The point where people recognize the tune.  If you are just doing things by rote, and can't boil it down to the hook, then you are no different than a machine.

Might be off thread, but it seems like this one was already way off thread.  ;)

Edited by - Eric A on 06/25/2020 08:26:25

Jun 25, 2020 - 9:26:30 AM
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7369 posts since 8/28/2013

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Learn to Be a Carpenter Without the Use of a Hammer and Saw. Learn to Be a Mechanic Without Using a Wrench. Learn to Be a Plumber Without Having to know That Doo-doo Always Flows Downhill.

Jun 25, 2020 - 9:33:04 AM

chuckv97

Canada

50692 posts since 10/5/2013

I like notes,,,,AND the spaces between notes!

Jun 25, 2020 - 9:38:03 AM

Tweelo

USA

161 posts since 4/14/2014

Nah, I don't use any notes. I also don't use strings. And chords are just what you use to plug the banjo in. Hooks are just the things that hold the head on.

I pretty much mastered the banjo one Tuesday afternoon.

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