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May 30, 2024 - 6:29:19 AM
33 posts since 8/9/2023

I have been wasting the last month on the paramount method book from none the less than 1922. I am really struggling, and it's my fault.

Can anybody suggest anything more modern that starts maybe with chords and then progresses with chord melody?

Solo is not my thing.

On top of that, is there a good Youtube channel that can teach CGDA from the ground up? I mean starting from basics.

May 30, 2024 - 9:10:37 AM
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3381 posts since 5/2/2012

Here is a link to an (almost 10 year) old post that seems to be asking a similar question.   

May 30, 2024 - 9:32:19 AM
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1109 posts since 6/25/2006

This is a more modern book for CGDA with mp3 audio files: https://www.amazon.com/Hal-Leonard-Tenor-Banjo-Method/dp/1540001202

I would also recommend Jack Ray's youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGOt-l_b_As&list=PLrp2wW8pLOAAlFtjXKS3G0JKrV8Di94Nk

Edited by - hobogal on 05/30/2024 09:34:07

May 30, 2024 - 4:11:10 PM
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5209 posts since 4/7/2008

I’m not a big fan of method books for reasons I will not go into here. I like a more organic approach. I would suggest this: Get a basic chord book and a basic fake book with single note melodies and simple chord changes to familiar tunes. Learn to strum the chords to a tune you like, and learn to play the simple single note melody to that tune. (If you don’t know how to read music, email me, and I’ll gladly write out the melody for you.) Do a few more tunes like that, and you’ll be on your way. Soon after that, you’ll be playing some chord/melody arrangements. The last step will be to come up with your own arrangements, but that’s not nearly as scary as it sounds. I can help walk you through all of that stuff. We can even do weekly Skype lessons if you want.

May 31, 2024 - 8:18:34 PM
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345 posts since 1/1/2016

After 47 years of being a tenor player, I'm about to dig into one of Ron Hickle's banjo books...
https://banjosnob.com/

Plus I enjoy the vintage Harry Reeser books tha tpop up on Ebay all the time...

Harry Reeser Picture Chords

Chris

May 31, 2024 - 10:11:39 PM
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mb4me

USA

36 posts since 3/17/2019

Tim Allen sells a chord melody course book. Cynthia Sawyer sells a great book ‘You’re in the band’. Link to buy on the classifieds of this site.

Jun 3, 2024 - 8:55:03 AM
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58 posts since 9/12/2023

Good on you for playing in the proper tuning.

Jun 3, 2024 - 9:36:58 AM

33 posts since 8/9/2023

quote:Originally posted by Juggernaut NPUGood on you for playing in the proper tuning.

CGDA is not just a tuning, it's a faith!

Jokes apart, I am still tempted to swich to CGBD. I have a 23" tenor guitar, so plectrum tuning would work fine.

However, I still want to get to play CGDA to a decent level before experimenting with something else.

I started CGDA because of Dixieland, but now I am interested also in viola/cello tunes.

Jun 3, 2024 - 10:09:46 AM
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58 posts since 9/12/2023

quote:
Originally posted by PIzzaPastaMafia

quote:Originally posted by Juggernaut NPUGood on you for playing in the proper tuning.

CGDA is not just a tuning, it's a faith!

Jokes apart, I am still tempted to swich to CGBD. I have a 23" tenor guitar, so plectrum tuning would work fine.

However, I still want to get to play CGDA to a decent level before experimenting with something else.

I started CGDA because of Dixieland, but now I am interested also in viola/cello tunes.


I play plectrum, tenor, and 5 string. Plectrum and its tuning is by far my favorite. You'll enjoy it. 

Jun 3, 2024 - 1:16:17 PM

33 posts since 8/9/2023

quote:
Originally posted by Juggernaut NPU

I play plectrum, tenor, and 5 string. Plectrum and its tuning is by far my favorite. You'll enjoy it. 


I wanted to start a separate thread on this, so I can ask you: how do you manage to switch between the various tunings? I mean, I assume that experience plays a part, but what other skills are needed?

Jun 3, 2024 - 1:18:27 PM
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58 posts since 9/12/2023

quote:
Originally posted by PIzzaPastaMafia
quote:
Originally posted by Juggernaut NPU

I play plectrum, tenor, and 5 string. Plectrum and its tuning is by far my favorite. You'll enjoy it. 


I wanted to start a separate thread on this, so I can ask you: how do you manage to switch between the various tunings? I mean, I assume that experience plays a part, but what other skills are needed?


None at all. I play over 40 instruments(I am a film composer) and all you have to do it just commit, and only think of that instrument when you're playing it. 
 

Playing in guitar tuning on all the instruments is lazy, and never serves the purpose you think it would. The instruments are tuned a certain way because they sound best in that tuning. 
 

the voicings lend themselves to it so much better and easier. 

Jun 3, 2024 - 2:15:32 PM

malarz

USA

501 posts since 1/5/2007

Well said.

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