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Sep 30, 2020 - 10:21:58 AM
24 posts since 2/15/2020

Hello,

I've recorded myself playing my first song I've learnt on the plectrum banjo "When The Saints Go Marching In".

I'm playing on a cheap Japanese Kasuga Plectrum Banjo.

Please let me know what you think.

youtube.com/watch?v=OT2hXTL_JYU

Cheers,
Danny

Sep 30, 2020 - 9:58:59 PM
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Don Lewers

Australia

738 posts since 2/24/2012

Pretty good on your first attempt Danny, a couple of pointers below might help you tighten it up.

A few single notes at times helps with clean picking, eg. the first 3 pick up notes. ''Oh when the ''
Concentrate on getting all single note and cord melody crystal clear.
You get out of time on the second part of your solo on both takes ...... I've given you a link to a good backing track, play along with it, and it should fix your time issue.
On the backing track, a Bbm follows the Bb ...... you'll here it, it's correct. Good luck Danny, hope this helps. ..... Don.

live link ....... http://ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClWkkldQbR0

Edited by - Don Lewers on 09/30/2020 22:04:50

Sep 30, 2020 - 10:22:11 PM

Don Lewers

Australia

738 posts since 2/24/2012

Sorry, this's the link to the Saints backing track in F ..... Backing Track WHENT THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN - Dixieland New Orleans - Jazz Standard Mp3

Oct 1, 2020 - 12:02:58 AM
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24 posts since 2/15/2020

Hi Don,

Thank you! Yes I definitely work on my timing.. I keep doing that, speeding up or going out sync as the tune goes on. I have a metronome but I find it really frustrating to play with.. says a lot I suppose.

Thank you for the link to the backing track. I actually have one already from Sean Moyses but I couldn't figure a way of playing it and recording at the same time!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1flbGSyRuxQHyNwpVhNluXIuJy22oUg-2/view?usp=drivesdk

The above link I think is in time a bit better. I'm playing with Howard Shepherd on it.


Thanks again :)

Edited by - dannyburke1 on 10/01/2020 00:05:14

Oct 1, 2020 - 8:18:15 AM

257 posts since 7/6/2006

Does this banjo have a one piece aluminum pot? One the recording the banjo seems to have a big trebly ring to it. Have you adjusted the head any?

Oct 1, 2020 - 8:28:14 AM

24 posts since 2/15/2020

I'm not sure. I haven't changed anything on it apart from the strings, which are also old strings. Its using friction tuners that I also need to replace, I got it for 100 GBP second hand with a hard case.

Oct 1, 2020 - 8:28:43 AM

24 posts since 2/15/2020

its fair to say its a cheap crap.. I have a Weymann tenor which is much nicer to play and sounding

Oct 1, 2020 - 9:06:31 AM

Omeboy

USA

2577 posts since 6/27/2013

HI Danny,

I hope my private email to you arrived without a problem.

Oct 1, 2020 - 9:13:04 AM

24 posts since 2/15/2020

Hi OmeBoy,

Yes - received it. Thank you :)

Oct 1, 2020 - 10:00:06 AM

24 posts since 2/15/2020

quote:
Originally posted by Omeboy

HI Danny,

I hope my private email to you arrived without a problem.


Hi OmeBoy,

I had responded to your previous email and just sent another - are you getting them?

Oct 1, 2020 - 10:03:18 AM

Omeboy

USA

2577 posts since 6/27/2013

Hi Danny,
I got the second one, but the first one didn't get thru for some reason. Maybe it will catch up later. I'll send you the stuff.

Oct 3, 2020 - 12:33:06 PM

257 posts since 11/22/2009

Hi Danny

Very good. The short time you have been playing banjo you are doing great---keep at it.

Oct 4, 2020 - 9:46:16 AM

24 posts since 2/15/2020

Thanks mate. Hopefully see you soon!

Oct 5, 2020 - 8:01:55 AM
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257 posts since 11/22/2009

Hi Danny

A few tips from playing 50 playing odd years: (For what it's worth!)

a) When you are learning anything play it very slow--get it right
b) Get the timing right---speed will automatically build up
c) Play with the metronome--the metronome does not 'swing' but you will get good timing
d) What you practice today you will not see the difference tomorrow--but in a few weeks--yes!
e) Work on you right hand pick technique--That's where it's at !!!! (Watch the pick hand of good string players--banjoist's / guitarist's / violinists)
You have a great teacher--great musician.

Oct 6, 2020 - 11:39:56 PM

24 posts since 2/15/2020

Thanks Mike

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