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Dec 6, 2021 - 7:59:17 AM
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263 posts since 5/21/2020


Learning to play the banjo is a challenge in it's own right but when the teacher talks in dulcet tones and the lesson becomes so boring you fall asleep half way through, maybe it's time to look for a new teacher. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SGbYnPO5Lk

Dec 6, 2021 - 8:43:56 AM

2662 posts since 5/2/2012

Identical triplets are really really rare. A first for me.

Dec 6, 2021 - 8:53:41 AM
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4070 posts since 5/29/2011

Interesting that the one guy is dressed as a leprechaun but is wearing a tartan kilt. No wonder people often think that Scots and Irish are the same thing.

Dec 6, 2021 - 9:02:57 AM
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1175 posts since 11/17/2005

I often fall asleep when I'm at my house picking. I canpick up the banjo and not be tired at all. 30 minutes later Im out. Basically, if I play long enough, I fall asleep.

Dec 6, 2021 - 9:18:14 AM

124 posts since 11/9/2021

Video lessons always have to be made to the lowest common denominator, which is likely folks less proficient than the average member of BHO (?). If your bored consider that a compliment on your skill level.

Dec 6, 2021 - 9:21 AM

263 posts since 5/21/2020

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Originally posted by Culloden

Interesting that the one guy is dressed as a leprechaun but is wearing a tartan kilt. No wonder people often think that Scots and Irish are the same thing.


That's like saying ALL Americans are the same.

 

Scots & Irish both wear kilts 

Irish Tartans
There are very few Irish family tartans, unlike Scotland where there are hundreds.
Most people of Irish heritage wear the tartan of the county or province where their families lived.

The Irish family tartans that are currently available are linked below.

Counties in Provinces:

Connaught/Connacht: Counties Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo

Leinster: Counties Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois/Leix, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow

Munster: Counties Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford

Ulster: Counties Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Derry (Londonderry), Donegal, Down, Fermanagh, Monaghan, Tyrone

"Tartan" is the proper term, but it is sometimes called by these names: Tartan Plaid - Clan Plaid - Family Plaid - Tartan Colors - Clan Colors - Family Colors

More info here if your interested

https://www.lindaclifford.com/TartanListIrish.html

Edited by - FenderFred on 12/06/2021 09:22:19

Dec 8, 2021 - 9:48:13 AM
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625 posts since 2/20/2013

yes, most online lessons are pretty boring.
and if you learn that way, your playing will be pretty boring also.
The problem with banjo music today - thousands of players who can all do the same Scruggs style licks in the same way.
What we need is some originality that sounds good. That's what the first bluegrass generation had. Today we have too many teachers, workshops, by the numbers lessons.
It's dull.
After you get the basics from someone, teach yourself. The best players always did.

Dec 11, 2021 - 10:45:44 AM
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banjolasse

Sweden

34 posts since 8/11/2011

The last ten +years, I've bought lessons from more than ten different teachers. They are all very good in different ways, but after a while, when they are done with the "beginner chapter", they all be the same and hope we students can go on to next level. If you live where it is difficult to find bluegrass people or to far away to visit a camp or festival, the only way is to practice by your self. That's the time when its hard to develop itself.
And that's the time when its hard to pep your self to go on. You fall asleep.

Dec 11, 2021 - 11:07:16 AM
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263 posts since 5/21/2020

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Originally posted by banjolasse

The last ten +years, I've bought lessons from more than ten different teachers. They are all very good in different ways, but after a while, when they are done with the "beginner chapter", they all be the same and hope we students can go on to next level. If you live where it is difficult to find bluegrass people or to far away to visit a camp or festival, the only way is to practice by your self. That's the time when its hard to develop itself.
And that's the time when its hard to pep your self to go on. You fall asleep.


Hi banjolasse

Banjo Ben's lessons take you all the way from beginner thru to advanced level. He also has a number of guest teacher's come in to talk about different styles including indepth lessons with Alan Munde.  Like you I don't have easy access to lots of banjo camps, jams or festivals. Which is why I think Banjo Ben has more to offer online students than other online learning sites.

Dec 27, 2021 - 8:16:24 PM

GlennM

USA

4506 posts since 8/31/2005

As a teacher I  often fall asleep  during a lesson. I just tell my student to play some roll while i set back with my sunglasses on and sleep.

Edited by - GlennM on 12/27/2021 20:17:13

Dec 28, 2021 - 2:59:24 AM

263 posts since 5/21/2020

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Originally posted by GlennM

As a teacher I  often fall asleep  during a lesson. I just tell my student to play some roll while i set back with my sunglasses on and sleep.


Doesn't surprise me Glenn when I took out a subscription to your site  the only thing I got from you was requests for more money and you never added any new content the whole time I was with you.

Dec 28, 2021 - 4:19:44 AM
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3 posts since 12/21/2021

I searched a quite a few teachers for this and was dozing off before they were half way through the first lesson. They talked various things so much it was worse than a broken record, but you couldn't kick the player. Every player has to start some place and usually the same tunes played the same old way (easy) is what we get it is up to the individual to expand on the knowledge gained to keep the same old tunes from being boring. Until I can actually play the instrument, I will be more than boring I'm sure. The sleep inducing teacher syndrome is not confined to Banjo instruction, but all sorts of instruments in my searches. I will not likely ever be a J.D.Crowe (R.I.P.) or a Jim Pankey but if I'm able to pick up my banjo and pick a few tunes I will be grateful.

Jim Pankey was the first I saw that was more inspiring than any other I saw, his YouTube stuff is very interesting and inspiring, all of it not just his lessons.

Yep this is also a pat on the back for Jim, I hope he succeeds in all his endeavors.
BHO was where I found his info and links and I thank you for that.
I may even play my Banjo some day

Dec 28, 2021 - 5:19:43 AM

6400 posts since 10/13/2007

quote:
Originally posted by banjolasse

The last ten +years, I've bought lessons from more than ten different teachers. They are all very good in different ways, but after a while, when they are done with the "beginner chapter", they all be the same and hope we students can go on to next level. If you live where it is difficult to find bluegrass people or to far away to visit a camp or festival, the only way is to practice by your self. That's the time when its hard to develop itself.
And that's the time when its hard to pep your self to go on. You fall asleep.


I took some Skype lessons from John Boulding. He is a pro player and luthier who used to be a great hangout contributor. I had a ton of questions and went to him for answers. he had them all. My point is that maybe you need to go to someone where you can talk and work some issues out.

Ken

Dec 28, 2021 - 5:21:29 AM
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6400 posts since 10/13/2007

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Originally posted by GlennM

As a teacher I  often fall asleep  during a lesson. I just tell my student to play some roll while i set back with my sunglasses on and sleep.


What a great way to reduce the pressure and stress on your students so they are able to preform well!laugh

ken

Dec 28, 2021 - 5:39:33 AM

GlennM

USA

4506 posts since 8/31/2005

quote: First I had to quit my job so i can take  take care of my Father who had cancer and passed in 2014. Mom was not strong enough to help him in his final years, Then My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer soon after his death and I was told to put her in a nursing home, I decided to keep her in her home where i can care for her. Then 3 years ago I almost died while setting at a stop light a goofball plowed in to me at 55 MPG , he almost killed me.  Now, after several operations I can walk again and my hands are almost back to normal.  I have been working on www.banjoinfo.com     to replace www.pickersacademy and all its problems. It will be finished soon. 
Originally posted by FenderFred
quote:
Originally posted by GlennM

As a teacher I  often fall asleep  during a lesson. I just tell my student to play some roll while i set back with my sunglasses on and sleep.


Doesn't surprise me Glenn when I took out a subscription to your site  the only thing I got from you was requests for more money and you never added any new content the whole time I was with you.


Edited by - GlennM on 12/28/2021 05:40:30

Dec 28, 2021 - 7:40:50 AM

263 posts since 5/21/2020

quote:
Originally posted by GlennM
quote: First I had to quit my job so i can take  take care of my Father who had cancer and passed in 2014. Mom was not strong enough to help him in his final years, Then My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer soon after his death and I was told to put her in a nursing home, I decided to keep her in her home where i can care for her. Then 3 years ago I almost died while setting at a stop light a goofball plowed in to me at 55 MPG , he almost killed me.  Now, after several operations I can walk again and my hands are almost back to normal.  I have been working on www.banjoinfo.com     to replace www.pickersacademy and all its problems. It will be finished soon. 
Originally posted by FenderFred
quote:
Originally posted by GlennM

As a teacher I  often fall asleep  during a lesson. I just tell my student to play some roll while i set back with my sunglasses on and sleep.


Doesn't surprise me Glenn when I took out a subscription to your site  the only thing I got from you was requests for more money and you never added any new content the whole time I was with you.


 


Sorry to hear of your misfortunes Glenn every family has their own myself included. The period I refer to was many many years ago. I just felt I wasn't getting value for money. So I moved on to pastures new. I do hope your situation improves.

Dec 29, 2021 - 12:04:49 PM
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2714 posts since 4/5/2006

Falling asleep during a banjo lesson? A freebie, maybe. But if money is involved, no way. Although I know not the percentage, the wee bit o Scottish blood flowin' through my veins is evidently enough to not allow it. wink But I digress, forty years exposure to some of the best pickers in the business may also have something to do with it. Granted, Banjo Ben Clark can get pretty corny most of the time, however, what he was doing with Auld Lang Sine, held my attention clear to the end. 

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