A - This is probably the question we get the most often. Every individual instrument is different and sometimes you get a surprise. You can leave comments on the or contact me directly at. You don't have to play them to convey the melody and it might even sound better, or at least less cluttered, to leave them out. At age 76, sometimes my fingers don't want to bend on the frets!! Each time you'll be able to do it a little quicker. What I mean to say is that the camera is on your left hand while you explain the rolls. I have no idea what roll to use to make it sound right with the song being played.
Jesse in Illinois A - Hey Jesse, For now, a short answer. What advice do you have to help me along? Click for a sound file without instructions. I'm really sorry to hear that you have hit a wall. I have many of your tapes and you seem to focus on the chords. But if you learned that from tab, it simply doesn't count. Also playing with other people is very important.
Will you be offering any instruction at anytime on the finger picking style? As a side note, I am also learning to play piano at the same time. PayPal has also failed to notify my of payments and I've also lost track of emails. It has now been more than 20 years since I have consistently played and as I try to resume, I find that the pain in the finger tips of my fretting hand is severe. Most of these are my own but some of those tabbed versions may remain fairly close to the source and I don't mean to represent them as completley my own. And especially since you play mostly alone. Q - I really like the way Murphy plays and teaches 'Amazing Grace' - I am talking particularly about the 'waltz pinch'.
Murphy was trying to make the point that you should think of picking down through the string toward the floor, rather than picking out away from the banjo head. And you have to be able to improvise see Improvising. And I personally prefer the ones that have a needle that points to the middle, as opposed to a digital readout. And you move up a string and do the same thing. How far can they take me? You'd probably have to try it to see whether it would suit you. Again, take about a month. Note that I play 99% of the time alone.
Q - Are you partial to Stelling or does Gibson or one of the others suit you also?? Try and adjust your chord one finger at a time to figure out exactly what it will feel like to make the chord cleanly. We will begin again at the beginning. Click for a sound file without instructions. I have heard of some people using superglue on their fingertips to help, but I've no experience with that method myself. My progress is slow but I am learning. I use no tab anymore.
Now, if this is something other than needing to build up calluses--like a medical kind of pain--be sure to see a doctor! Acquaint yourself with the 3 rolls I teach to begin with and the 3 simple chords, G open , C, and D7. When I bought mine, I bought all they had at the store. . I learned to play using them, so they feel totally natural to me. The Nationals never did it for me. If you can do all these things then you'll have the necessary skills to roll behind songs.
But there are many others that are just as good. I have many of your videos and some others as well, but have never seen this technique addressed. But when you are first learning remember: speed is not important! If you think it's a good exercise I will continue with it. I have never even physically seen another banjo other than the two I own. When looking for a professional-level instrument, it is important to play a bunch of different banjos to see what is out there and see what you like. Take 2 weeks to a month.
Your mom says in her first video to keep thumb straight, hit string, then pick comes to rest on string below the one you struck. So I usually steer my students away from them. Fill me in on some of these details, and let's see what we can do to help you! As far as an instrument goes, local music stores and pawn shops are sometimes good places to find a used or cheap banjo. I've decided to make many of these tablature arrangements available for download on this web site. Click for a sound file without instructions. I use them to remind me when I need reminding.