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Apr 12, 2024 - 6:25:43 AM
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41171 posts since 3/5/2008

But ..
Fer ..Me...

One of me biggest hurdles to over come playing music..
N..especially..the banjo..

Was to learn to fergive me mistakes... n..just keep moving..

What was/is yer biggest hurdle?

Apr 12, 2024 - 6:32:30 AM
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62089 posts since 12/14/2005

I still have no sense of how to NOT speed up.

Apr 12, 2024 - 6:43:18 AM
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Buddur

USA

3917 posts since 10/23/2004

In my experience, it's not how bad of a mistake you make...

...it is how well you recover from it.

Apr 12, 2024 - 7:00 AM

41171 posts since 3/5/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Buddur

In my experience, it's not how bad of a mistake you make...

...it is how well you recover from it.


HA..!

 

RECOVER...

 

Good title fer me ..

Next tune.... :0/

 

Nutter thing is i can get in a rut..

Playing one of me tunes..

N..it can be ..kinda..work to get out of it..

Edited by - STUD figmo Al on 04/12/2024 07:03:50

Apr 12, 2024 - 7:01:43 AM
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41171 posts since 3/5/2008

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Originally posted by mike gregory

I still have no sense of how to NOT speed up.


Yep...

But i have gotten...

Much..much..better at that..now..

With me...

Arthritus... :0/

Apr 12, 2024 - 7:54:48 AM
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3026 posts since 2/4/2013

My main hurdle has always been being a rubbish musician. However I never let this stop me and I've enjoyed every minute.

Apr 12, 2024 - 8:12:53 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

30135 posts since 8/3/2003

The most difficult thing for me was learning to play by ear and make my own breaks. That took a lot of time, effort, practice, going to jams, etc. However, now that problem is over, it's so easy to listen to and play about any tune someone throws at you.

Apr 12, 2024 - 9:47:27 AM

3792 posts since 4/5/2006

Finding Bluegrass musicians, to jam with, in Los Angeles, was my biggest hurdle.

Apr 12, 2024 - 9:54:07 AM

12739 posts since 8/22/2006

Playing THE banjo brother it ain’t easy. Plus for some odd reason my hearing has changed and sometimes certain tunes just irritate me the sound gets on my nerves from those tunes/songs kinda like the fiddle and don’t get me started on the Cajun Accordian it’s those notes that come out sometimes that does something to my ears. Maybe tinnitus has a lot to do with the cat wallering sounds I hear.

Apr 12, 2024 - 10:11:25 AM
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1022 posts since 2/11/2019

My fingers just don't want to cooperate when I know people are paying attention to my playing sometimes. This is the only stringed instrument I have experience with but I have to believe it is more difficult than guitar or mandolin.

Apr 12, 2024 - 3:30:48 PM
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8575 posts since 9/5/2006

finding 3 or 4 others that know what timing is

Apr 13, 2024 - 4:19:31 AM

41171 posts since 3/5/2008

quote:
Originally posted by GrahamHawker

My main hurdle has always been being a rubbish musician. However I never let this stop me and I've enjoyed every minute.


 Common ground Bud.. :0)

Apr 13, 2024 - 4:20:57 AM

41171 posts since 3/5/2008

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Originally posted by 1935tb-11

finding 3 or 4 others that know what timing is


I'm out....

 

But...

I am real good at ...

Random timing... ;0)

Apr 13, 2024 - 4:21:59 AM

41171 posts since 3/5/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Mad Hornet

My fingers just don't want to cooperate when I know people are paying attention to my playing sometimes. This is the only stringed instrument I have experience with but I have to believe it is more difficult than guitar or mandolin.


Yup....

Apr 13, 2024 - 5:42:30 AM
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heavy5

USA

3063 posts since 11/3/2016

quote:
Originally posted by GrahamHawker

My main hurdle has always been being a rubbish musician. However I never let this stop me and I've enjoyed every minute.


Can't be rubbish if u are enjoying it !

Apr 13, 2024 - 6:50:44 AM
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Owen

Canada

15062 posts since 6/5/2011

Surely it depends on who's making the assessment. I figure I'm lacking talent, but others tell me it's my stupidity and/or laziness.  wink 

Apr 13, 2024 - 12:26:52 PM
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3792 posts since 4/5/2006

Take this for what it's worth, but, following are some random thoughts on this stuff.

When we were little kids, if we wanted to sing, we sang, regardless of accuracy, we didn't know any better, nor did we care. Now stop &  think about that. There are no frets on vocal cords, your ears are your only guide, you've had no formal music training, nothing. Absolutely nothing!  What little kid cannot sing Mary had a Little Lamb, Here Comes Santa Claus, or Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer?

When I first got into Bluegrass music & heard fiddlers playing double stops, it drove me nuts. Why were these people unable to play clean notes? Same goes for Cajun Accordion. Try pushing the beat with musicians unfamiliar with that technique, & they'll complain about your timing.

How does a baby gosling learn to swim, fly, navigate from one pole to the other, & back?

Apr 14, 2024 - 12:37:36 PM
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donc

Canada

7444 posts since 2/9/2010

At first I was terrified . Several months later I couldn't give a .... . Several months into it I read about the difference between the expert and myself. The expert is the one who has racked up the largest number of mistakes. If you don't make several mistakes while practicing you are likely playing stuff which is too easy. Fortunately nobody in their right mind usually keeps a record of other people's mistakes.

Apr 15, 2024 - 10:20 AM

3792 posts since 4/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by 1935tb-11

finding 3 or 4 others that know what timing is


Finding 3 or 4 others who know what Bluegrass timing is. Not to mention, who is in the driver's seat!

Apr 16, 2024 - 2:29:47 PM
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79683 posts since 5/9/2007

Playing through mistakes or blank spots without losing your place in the timing is a big one.
My biggest hurdle was finding so many fiddle players that had moved here while I was away in the service.
They didn't play much bluegrass,but they did play truckloads of fiddle tunes from Canada and Ireland.
If I was going to play any local music I had to get comfortable with melodic playing especially in the keys of A and D.
I'm so glad I worked through that rather frustrating time.
BNL was a huge help with its tabs of fiddletunes.

Tablature saved my playing.

Apr 16, 2024 - 5:21:52 PM

41171 posts since 3/5/2008

Tab..
Was little use to me..

Youtube videos helped a lot tho..

Apr 16, 2024 - 6:25:05 PM

doryman

USA

1507 posts since 11/26/2012

quote:
Originally posted by steve davis

Playing through mistakes or blank spots without losing your place in the timing is a big one.
My biggest hurdle was finding so many fiddle players that had moved here while I was away in the service.
They didn't play much bluegrass,but they did play truckloads of fiddle tunes from Canada and Ireland.
If I was going to play any local music I had to get comfortable with melodic playing especially in the keys of A and D.
I'm so glad I worked through that rather frustrating time.
BNL was a huge help with its tabs of fiddletunes.

Tablature saved my playing.


I'm in the same boat.  Lot's of the folks I jam with like to play and sing in C and D.  Now, I actually like playing out of the C position!    

Apr 17, 2024 - 6:26:26 AM
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79683 posts since 5/9/2007

Playing Soldier's Joy in D and Kitchen Girl in A out of G tuning opened the floodgates for my fiddletunes playing without a capo.

Apr 17, 2024 - 8:32:06 AM
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18656 posts since 8/17/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Mad Hornet

My fingers just don't want to cooperate when I know people are paying attention to my playing sometimes. This is the only stringed instrument I have experience with but I have to believe it is more difficult than guitar or mandolin.


I can tell you from experience that, being a keyboardist originally, banjo is a lot harder than any keyboard I've ever touched.

Apr 17, 2024 - 8:33:28 AM
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18656 posts since 8/17/2008

If you're playing bluegrass and you make mistakes, but just continue, doesn't that become jazz?

Apr 18, 2024 - 7:32:51 AM
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79683 posts since 5/9/2007

It becomes part of your style.

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