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Jul 22, 2020 - 12:20:34 PM
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194 posts since 6/19/2017

So I want some feedback from all my fellow BHO members. As we all know, there are several fantastic YouTube channels out there dedicated to banjo. These include instructional channels, channels that sell banjos, and channels that simply feature banjo playing. However, I have a YouTube channel that I upload things onto occasionally. It's nothing special but it can be fun. I was wondering if there was any specific content, teaching methods, or banjo information that you all would be interested in on a YouTube channel. I would like for my channel to be more successful and I know the key to that is providing something no one else really does. Therefore, if I just upload videos of myself playing covers or teaching how to play Fireball Mail like everyone else, that's nothing new. What kind of things would you all like to see or hear on a banjo YouTube channel that is different? I'm wanting to remain within the confines of three-finger bluegrass (by bluegrass, I mean that style of playing and not the absence of other genres of music) banjo. Thanks in advance!!

Jul 22, 2020 - 12:30:23 PM

629 posts since 11/21/2018

Twin banjo arrangements with tabs would be awesome.
Tunes with modes or other culture's influences in a melodic style ala Tony Trischka, etc.
Original tunes of your own with tabs could be nice. Original music is always something that someone else isn't offering. Tips on how you compose tunes could be interesting content.
Just some ideas...

Jul 22, 2020 - 12:35:24 PM

194 posts since 6/19/2017

northernbelle Those are all good ideas. Things to keep in mind for sure. Thank you for responding!!

Jul 22, 2020 - 12:56:46 PM
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2247 posts since 5/2/2012

Couple of ideas. Every once in awhile we get new(er) players that want to learn how to play a certain song, whether it be country, folk or whatever, something they've heard on the radio, maybe a concert, or youtube. Now, you can usually find the chords on a guitar chord webstite, but they are looking for something more than that. Check out MunsonCovers on youtube. He does a lot of simple covers (usually 2 simple picking patterns while singing) of what I consider popular music (different genres). I will assume he is not violating any copywrite laws when he is doing that. Something similar to that (simplified covers) of more recent tunes that fall into the bluegrass, maybe folk, umbrella might be worth exploring. Or maybe something more contemporary, as there are probably a lot of young folk out there who like the sound of the banjo (It is suprising how frequently I hear the sound of the banjo on TV), but don't have the background in BG or folk music (and maybe no interest in learning at first) to draw them in, but want to use the banjo to play their music.

Second, I would personally like to see someone do something with contemporary Christian tunes. Doub Pearce has done a few videos, and I would like to see more of that - some ideas for backup. Maybe even a simple break if that wouldn't violate copywrite laws. I rely on tab to learn new material, so a video with tab would help me.

Jul 22, 2020 - 12:59:59 PM
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948 posts since 8/30/2012

I'd love to see a channel with interviews and history. Go around and find the old timers that know the unwritten history of the last 50 years of bluegrass and all things banjo. Not famous people, or so-called authorities. Regular people telling regular stories. Ask them to tell stories. Have them play their version of a song. Have them talk about their local scene and the best pickers from their area that never made it big.

There's so much rich history out there that nobody knows. Find it and publish it. Basically a modern version of the work by Alan Lomax, so to speak. Along those lines, anyway.

Jul 22, 2020 - 1:48:01 PM

9 posts since 7/14/2020

I'd like to see covers and lessons on songs other than traditional and standards. Pretty much any genre, could be rock country pop classical hip hop, whatever. Arranged in a way that either evokes the source material (i.e. someone who knows the song might recognize it) or is interesting musically on its own.

Jul 22, 2020 - 1:50:52 PM

3675 posts since 9/12/2003

You'd have to travel or get cooperation from BHO members around the world, and you'd have to wait until mask mandates and social distancing are no longer the norm, but I'd like to see local jam sessions that other members attend.

Jul 22, 2020 - 2:12:01 PM

194 posts since 6/19/2017

thisoldman Great ideas! I actually play contemporary Christian in church every Sunday morning on electric guitar so that is something to look into!

Jul 22, 2020 - 2:14:12 PM
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194 posts since 6/19/2017

KCJones I love your suggestion! I have a passion for bluegrass history and I know several people around here I could interview for my channel. There are some great stories to be heard from the Ozarks where I live.

Jul 22, 2020 - 2:15:48 PM
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194 posts since 6/19/2017

Big Ford I had actually considered doing rock covers because I am also a big classic rock fan. This is something I am seriously considering.

Jul 22, 2020 - 2:17:05 PM
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194 posts since 6/19/2017

Gumbograss I absolutely love this idea. I LOVE watching jams on YouTube and I have some friends I'd love to make jam videos with. I will definitely consider this.

Jul 23, 2020 - 7:18:52 AM

2162 posts since 2/10/2013

I prefer videos that teach using a step-by-step approach. John Boulding's videos are very instructional and effective.

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