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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 Steve Harrison Feb 11.

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Cynthia Richardson replied to Cynthia Richardson's discussion Best Resources for Learning Proper Right-hand Technique
"I appreciate both of the replies. I feel like I'm reassured and ready to move forward. Worked hard on Kaloola today! All but the last part almost memorized and then the hard work begins, right? :) Thanks!"
Feb 14
Jody Stecher replied to Cynthia Richardson's discussion Best Resources for Learning Proper Right-hand Technique
"No need to apologize for starting threads here! It's not like there are so many conversations going on here that another will cause chaos. Keep em coming ! The best answer I can come up with is "it depends".   What finger I begin…"
Feb 13
Pip replied to Cynthia Richardson's discussion Best Resources for Learning Proper Right-hand Technique
"Hi Cynthia, I am pretty new to playing classic banjo and I struggled a bit with the same question ... so here is my two cents worth. I play a zither banjo so that has some inherent techniques of it's own to do with finger choices on the first…"
Feb 13
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Best Resources for Learning Proper Right-hand Technique

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 any given sequence of notes? What advice can you give me for building good habits right from the start?At the moment, I'm simply trying to alternate in whatever way seems comfortable but I don't feel very confident about my choices.Thanks in advance for any tips you can share!See More
Feb 13
Steve Harrison replied to Cynthia Richardson's discussion Rag Suggestions for Beginner?
"Hi Cyndy, No problem, best of luck with Kaloola..Steve."
Feb 11
Cynthia Richardson replied to Cynthia Richardson's discussion Rag Suggestions for Beginner?
"Hi Steve. I've had such supportive replies here and I really appreciate it. I just listened to Rag Knots and it's a cool tune. I'd be interested in playing it but before I take you up on that offer, I'd better focus on…"
Feb 11
Steve Harrison replied to Cynthia Richardson's discussion Rag Suggestions for Beginner?
"Hi Cynthia, I began working on an arrangement for an early cake walk called Rag-Knots a time back. I put it on the back burner as other tunes took the top of the list. It's an early example of cakewalk, not a full rag, but does have plenty of…"
Feb 11
Cynthia Richardson replied to Cynthia Richardson's discussion Rag Suggestions for Beginner?
"Definitely helpful! The comment about playing out of chord positions provides useful context and you're right. There's really no difference between playing off a B or a B-flat or whatever -- once it's learned. Reading it is another…"
Feb 11
Jody Stecher replied to Cynthia Richardson's discussion Rag Suggestions for Beginner?
"Random thoughts; maybe helpful? : Sometimes banjo solos in the flat keys are no harder to play than natural keys. And ragtime always is shifting keys and chords anyway so you are bound to encounter a bunch of different frets no matter what the key…"
Feb 11
Cynthia Richardson replied to Cynthia Richardson's discussion Rag Suggestions for Beginner?
"Hi Joel. I appreciate the guidance. I took a look at Keynotes Rag and it's clear that I would need to print out one of the tutor's pictures of the notes on the neck in order to learn where, for example, "first-string" notes fall…"
Feb 10
Joel Hooks replied to Cynthia Richardson's discussion Rag Suggestions for Beginner?
"Okay Cynthia, let's dial it back a bit. The only "Calliope Rag" for banjo that I know of was arranged by Walter Kaye Bauer in the 1970s.  It is in manuscript form (never officially published) and in the key of F (one flat).…"
Feb 10
Cynthia Richardson replied to Cynthia Richardson's discussion Rag Suggestions for Beginner?
"Well, I see Keynotes Rag is written with three flats! That will take some serious thought! :)"
Feb 10
Cynthia Richardson replied to Cynthia Richardson's discussion Rag Suggestions for Beginner?
"Hi! I've been playing clawhammer banjo for about 5 years and I've done a little bit of two-finger banjo, but classic banjo is new. I recently acquired a banjeaurine (played it at a music store and couldn't stop thinking about it even…"
Feb 10
thereallyniceman replied to Cynthia Richardson's discussion Rag Suggestions for Beginner?
"Hi Cynthia, Two questions:  How long have you been playing now? Do you play from musical notation? The reason I ask is that most of the music available for Classic Banjo is is standard notation, not Tablature. I was taught to play using…"
Feb 10
Cynthia Richardson replied to Cynthia Richardson's discussion Rag Suggestions for Beginner?
"Thank you! I will give that one a try later on today."
Feb 10
marc dalmasso replied to Cynthia Richardson's discussion Rag Suggestions for Beginner?
"Caliope Rag"
Feb 10

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