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Learning to Read Sheet Music
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David posted in the rag thread I started, asking me how, as a beginner, I am learning to read music. And he also asked for some beginner songs. I'm starting a new thread to make sure others with more…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Womersley Mar 29.

Best Resources for Learning Proper Right-hand Technique
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I apologize for starting two threads in a row, but once I have an answer to this question I should be set for a while.What are the best resources for learning how to choose which fingers to use for…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cynthia Richardson Feb 14.

Rag Suggestions for Beginner?
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I'm itching to start working on a rag.Any suggestions for one that would be fairly easy for a beginner to tackle?I've been browsing the Music Library, but haven't come up with just the right one…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by david caron Apr 29.

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Cynthia Richardson commented on Cynthia Richardson's blog post Weidt Book 1: Week 3
"It's been a busy week, but I managed to put some effort into The Fairies even so! I attended our daughter's dissertation defense talk, then took the banjo outside while her committee met with her and deliberated. She passed and I finished…"
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Weidt Book 1: Week 4

Week 4The Fairies (Banjo 2)- - - -This coming week my plan is to work on the accompaniment to The Fairies, print out a good copy of the book so that I can easily work on the exercises, and review. I have cleaned up the sheet music from Week 3, but I want to compare it with the notation in A to make sure I haven't removed any notes that were in the original -- right-hand finger choices, for example -- and I haven't had a spare moment to do it.See More
12 hours ago
Cynthia Richardson commented on Cynthia Richardson's blog post Weidt Book 1: Week 2
"Hi Jody. As always, I appreciate the thoughtful comments that come from a careful listen. Thanks! I was very particular about setting the metronome to the highest number for "Allegro" so as to avoid dipping into "Presto" because…"
Jun 15
Jody Stecher commented on Cynthia Richardson's blog post Weidt Book 1: Week 3
"Silly or not I find it helpful and I thank you for these regular Friday postings. "
Jun 15
Jody Stecher commented on Cynthia Richardson's blog post Weidt Book 1: Week 2
"Hi Cynthia. You are sounding better than last week. One suggestion: in the third part of the tune your middle finger gets a bit "lazy" on the first string. The notes played on that string are not heard clearly. My suggestion is to be on…"
Jun 15
Cynthia Richardson posted a blog post

Weidt Book 1: Week 3

Week 3Exercises on time 4The Fairies (Banjo 1)[A clean copy of the notation will be posted soon.]- - - -It's silly, really, but having a schedule worked out in advance and posting it here every Friday is, at the moment, making it really easy for me to stay focused on working on something I've wanted to do for a long time.I'm looking forward to adding The Fairies to the mix this week. Onward!See More
Jun 15
Cynthia Richardson commented on Cynthia Richardson's blog post Weidt Book 1: Week 2
"I've been focused on Mosquito Jig this week but I've also been reviewing the tunes from Week 1. I've slacked on the exercises, mostly because I'm out of toner so I haven't printed them out to make them handy. It hasn't…"
Jun 15
Cynthia Richardson commented on Cynthia Richardson's blog post Weidt Book 1: Week 2
"Thanks for the link to the cleaned-up version of the tune. I'll add it to the original post so that it's easy to find!"
Jun 15
Trapdoor2 commented on Cynthia Richardson's blog post Weidt Book 1: Week 2
"Or, it can be very easily keyed into something like Musescore. I can't promise to clean them all up. Adding the 1-2-3-4 counts below the staff was harder than it looks. The notation part is as easy as typing…"
Jun 9
Trapdoor2 commented on Cynthia Richardson's blog post Weidt Book 1: Week 2
"It is in the Public Domain, no problem with that. I think the C notation is a 17gen Xerox of a 50's mimeograph... Might be easier in photo-shop to use the A notation and do the old 'add a staff line underneath, delete the top one, drop 3…"
Jun 9
Cynthia Richardson commented on Cynthia Richardson's blog post Weidt Book 1: Week 2
"I think posting the cleaned-up pages is a good idea. I don't think there should be a problem because I believe the book is early enough to be in the public domain, but I want to check with Joel first since he's the one who gave us access."
Jun 8
Jody Stecher commented on Cynthia Richardson's blog post Weidt Book 1: Week 2
"A cleaned up copy would be fabulous.  I hope this is not asking too much, but what do you think about posting a cleaned up copy each week of the pages to be worked on in the coming week?"
Jun 8
Cynthia Richardson commented on Cynthia Richardson's blog post Weidt Book 1: Week 2
"I am actually removing the markings on my copy -- through the magic of Photoshop -- and perhaps, in the end, with permission, I will be able to share a cleaned-up copy. I notice, for example, that frets have been filed in sometimes and I think…"
Jun 8
Jody Stecher commented on Cynthia Richardson's blog post Weidt Book 1: Week 2
"Each of the four sections of the Mosquito Jig introduces a new right hand pattern. That is the essence of the exercise in my opinion. We should all ignore the handwritten markings. It's true that  A minor and E chord shapes are used but…"
Jun 8
Cynthia Richardson posted a blog post

Weidt Book 1: Week 2

Week 2Exercises on time 1-3Mosquito Jig (Thanks to Trapdoor2 for the notation linked below.)Mosquito%20Jig_weidt%20elementary%20C.pdf- - - -This week, I'll be adding the exercises and tune above to the things I'm already working on from Week 1. I just played through Mosquito Jig a few times and it looks like…See More
Jun 8
Jody Stecher commented on Cynthia Richardson's blog post Weidt Book 1: Week 1
"Splendid! You understood my post.    And now my comment that appeared above now appears below. Ning also has a sense of humor I guess."
Jun 8

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Weidt Book 1: Week 4

Week 4

The Fairies (Banjo 2)

- - - -

This coming week my plan is to work on the accompaniment to The Fairies, print out a good copy of the book so that I can easily work on the exercises, and review. I have cleaned up the sheet music from Week 3, but I want to compare it with the notation in A to make sure I haven't removed any notes that were in the original -- right-hand finger choices, for example -- and I haven't had a spare moment to do it.

Posted on June 23, 2018 at 3:26

Weidt Book 1: Week 3

Week 3

Exercises on time 4

The Fairies (Banjo 1)

[A clean copy of the notation will be posted soon.]

- - - -

It's silly, really, but having a schedule worked out in advance and posting it here every Friday is, at the moment, making it really easy for me to stay focused on working on something I've wanted to do for a long time.

I'm looking forward to adding The Fairies to the mix this week. Onward!

Posted on June 15, 2018 at 14:42 — 2 Comments

Weidt Book 1: Week 2

Week 2

Exercises on time 1-3

Mosquito Jig (Thanks to Trapdoor2 for the notation linked below.)

Mosquito%20Jig_weidt%20elementary%20C.pdf

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This week, I'll be adding the exercises and tune above to the things I'm already working on from…

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Posted on June 8, 2018 at 15:30 — 12 Comments

Weidt Book 1: Week 1

Study Schedule for Week 1

Exercises for learning to read the notes: 1

Chords and exercises in C Major: 1

The Yodler; Amusement Waltz

Weidt in C TUTOR

Posted on June 1, 2018 at 23:30 — 17 Comments

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At 2:10 on April 4, 2018, Cynthia Richardson said…

Ah, yes! I'm still interested in setting up a study group but things have been hectic recently. 

I'll take a look at the ukulele group. A Facebook group would actually be a nice way to converse with people who were working through the tutor book, but someone mentioned that an open thread might be a nice lasting contribution to this site, too. Always decisions to make!

Cyndy

At 15:06 on April 4, 2018, Jody Stecher said…

We were talking about a particular Weidt tutor. That is what I expressed interest in because his music is....well.. musical.  The idea of a study grew out of a discussion about this particular book.   However I am not interested in a Facebook project. 

At 15:43 on April 4, 2018, Cynthia Richardson said…

Definitely Weidt. :) And, I believe the case for keeping the project on this site is strong, so that would be my choice. 

Eric, would you mind checking with Ian on how we can best fit an on-going study group conversation into this site? I'm not familiar enough with the various options for posting to know what might work best.

Cyndy

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