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Aug 14, 2021 - 3:44:02 PM
2 posts since 8/13/2021

I'm pretty much brand new to playing the banjo but good lord it is fantastic. Does anyone have slow songs I can play when I'm just laying around doing nothing? I'm trying to go for something that someone sitting in a chair outside in the snow would be playing.

Aug 14, 2021 - 4:46:01 PM

2580 posts since 5/2/2012

Here is an old thread about slow songs on the banjo  Mike Iverson's site, unfortunately, is still under construction, as he updates his instructional page.  

Aug 14, 2021 - 4:51:14 PM
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blazo

USA

312 posts since 5/16/2017

Since you are new to the banjo, all songs should be played slowly. I didn't listen to that advice when I started and now find myself slowing everything down to get tunes really solid.

Aug 14, 2021 - 5:35:41 PM

26 posts since 1/13/2005

Sometimes I play country. Get the lyrics and chords for "Together Again" by Buck Owens. I will use two fingers also to keep a slow beat. Keep it simple and slow.

Aug 14, 2021 - 5:44:55 PM

264 posts since 10/16/2011

There's lots of real easy ones like "Will the circle be unbroken "and like" amazing grace" . Do you need simple melody tab for these and more ????

Aug 15, 2021 - 12:27:12 AM

Paul R

Canada

14998 posts since 1/28/2010

Try Stephen Foster's "Hard Times Come Again No More". The lyrics will make you either cry or laugh (they're so maudlin).

Somewhat faster - although you can set your own tempo - is Donovan's "Colours".

Aug 15, 2021 - 5:08:59 AM
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76 posts since 2/14/2021

I believe playing the banjo at a leisure pace is a joy and is greatly underrated. A lot of the reason, I think, is because we tend to play fiddle tunes on the banjo. But there is a big selection of slower to slow tunes one can play such as 19th century heart (parlor) songs like Long, Long Ago, When You and I were Young, Maggie Dear, Hard Times (as mentioned above), Stephen Foster songs in general, and many fiddle tunes just played slowly. A good reference to leisure banjo playing is the master banjoist Dwight Diller. He has several videos playing traditional music leisurely. To my ears, they are a delight. I am in the slow banjo camp because of physical limitations and enjoy playing solo banjo songs leisurely very much. I recommend it to all banjo players not just beginning banjo guys.

Edited by - Professor Jive on 08/15/2021 05:13:34

Aug 15, 2021 - 7:30:02 AM

6724 posts since 6/27/2009

How do you best learn? By listening, by being shown in person or on a video, via tab?

Aug 15, 2021 - 10:11:11 AM

2 posts since 8/13/2021

quote:
Originally posted by JanetB

How do you best learn? By listening, by being shown in person or on a video, via tab?


I learn best from tabs.

Aug 15, 2021 - 12:05:28 PM

Jim Yates

Canada

6776 posts since 2/21/2007

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sh4ZIJrmET4  Ola Belle Reed's Where The Wild, Wild Flowers Grow

I found a tape that Maggie and I made at our kitchen table back before the turn of the century, (mid-eighties probably) when people still used cassettes'  The quality is very poor since I am recording a portable cassette player with my phone, but this is my wife and me doing Ola Belle's song.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQkCCKCaJTw

Aug 15, 2021 - 12:33:29 PM

Jim Yates

Canada

6776 posts since 2/21/2007

I was just reminded by Maggie that we learned the song from a Cathy Fink LP that I can't seem to locate, but here are Cathy and Marcy doing Ola Belle's song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUrcustwdr4

Cathy is my favourite clawhammer player and I urge anyone who is learning CH to look up her work.
If you're reading this Cathy, please remind me what the LP was called.

Aug 15, 2021 - 1:23:42 PM
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6724 posts since 6/27/2009

 

I learn best from tabs.


Check out my site under TABS and MORE TABS. There are MPs that go along with them.  I like to play with moderate tempo.  If you need help with anything feel free to ask. Some of the techniques are intermediate or even advanced, but  judge for yourself what works for you.  :)

https://www.mybanjoworld.com/

Aug 16, 2021 - 6:18:42 AM
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8266 posts since 3/17/2005

Play any tune slowly and focus on melody and whatever filler notes you wish to tie the melody notes together with. ANY song or tune can be played slowly.

Aug 16, 2021 - 12:12:15 PM
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6019 posts since 3/11/2006

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Originally posted by chip arnold

Play any tune slowly and focus on melody and whatever filler notes you wish to tie the melody notes together with. ANY song or tune can be played slowly.


True, and fiddle tunes do not have to be played fast.  They often have beautiful melodies, and a slower pace can be very effective especially in a solo situation.

Aug 17, 2021 - 5:51:58 AM
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Lew H

USA

2673 posts since 3/10/2008

I second R.D.'s suggestion. A lot of dance tunes sound great when played slow: Angelina Baker, Cold Frosty Morn, Kitchen Girl, etc.

Sep 7, 2021 - 7:28:43 PM

Jim Yates

Canada

6776 posts since 2/21/2007

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=218tAJxg-jA

Here's Chris Coole's Old Dog
Super song and nice and slow.

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