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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 Cyndy 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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Cyndy Richardson replied to Randy Dary's discussion Mel Bay banjo books
"I can echo that recommendation! I've just started working through the Bradbury book (digital copy purchased through Mel Bay at the recommendation of another member here not too long ago) and I feel like it's well worth my time. (I'm a…"
Saturday
Cyndy Richardson replied to david caron's discussion All of you are right.
"I believe it's okay to repeat yourself all you want. :) Just be careful not to repeat the index, middle, or thumb in places where they should not be repeated, right?! Seriously, I know it's really important and I'm committed to doing…"
Aug 5
Cyndy Richardson replied to david caron's discussion All of you are right.
"Just checking out the MacKillop recordings now. Sounds like a very helpful resource. I'd be happy to play like that! :) Thanks!"
Aug 5
Cyndy Richardson replied to david caron's discussion All of you are right.
"Hi David.  I feel like I'm following in your footsteps, trying to learn to play classic banjo, so, I appreciate your posts. (I picked up a place that I was playing a C instead of a B in Pink Lemonade by listening to your video, so thanks…"
Aug 5
Trapdoor2 and Cyndy Richardson are now friends
Aug 4
Cyndy Richardson commented on Cyndy Richardson's blog post Working on a Few Pieces
"Jody Stecher and Trapdoor2 -- I appreciate the detailed suggestions. Thank you! The extra-mile video makes it so easy to understand the explanation. I'll be quiet for a bit while I work on things but I'm looking forward to the day when I…"
Jul 31
Trapdoor2 commented on Cyndy Richardson's blog post Working on a Few Pieces
"Here's how I do it..."
Jul 31
Jody Stecher commented on Cyndy Richardson's blog post Working on a Few Pieces
"And I should have been explicit that in the lower fret option the ring finger is getting E on fret 2 of the first string."
Jul 30
Jody Stecher commented on Cyndy Richardson's blog post Working on a Few Pieces
"aaagh.. no editing without deleting. I meant "F sharp" not "Sharp". "
Jul 30
Jody Stecher commented on Cyndy Richardson's blog post Working on a Few Pieces
"Re the E:  I am looking at the score in library of this site and with banjo in hand am trying some strategies. Two approaches work equally well for me. The measure begins with a D7 chord.  A on the 3 string gotten with the 2nd finger. C on…"
Jul 30
Cyndy Richardson commented on Cyndy Richardson's blog post Working on a Few Pieces
"I wish I could edit comments and not clutter the main page with mine, but alas. That E is a pesky thing! I don't know if I can make what you describe work but it broadens my thinking and that's a really good thing. Needing the chord in the…"
Jul 30
Trapdoor2 commented on Cyndy Richardson's blog post Working on a Few Pieces
"Argh, no editing "comments" threads like "discussion" threads... "Sliding noises" can be managed by just slightly taking some time off the note and using it to lift almost completely off the strings (so the string…"
Jul 30
Trapdoor2 commented on Cyndy Richardson's blog post Working on a Few Pieces
"Regarding that E in the first measure of the B part: Looking at my Tab, I went to the 2nd string, 5th fret for that E (keeping my index finger there) then open for the tied D notes and then back to 2nd on the 5th fret and then 1string, 4th fret, 5th…"
Jul 30
Trapdoor2 commented on Cyndy Richardson's blog post Working on a Few Pieces
"Regarding that E in the first measure of the B part: Looking at my Tab, I went to the 2nd string, 5th fret for that E and then open for the tied D notes and then back to 2nd on the 5th fret and then 1string, 4th fret, 5th string open. I try to use…"
Jul 30
Cyndy Richardson commented on Cyndy Richardson's blog post Working on a Few Pieces
"Two very helpful reminders. Thank you! I'm aware of the need to chose the fingering carefully on the right hand -- I'm guessing it's just as important as thinking about old-time bowing -- and I suspect slowing things down will…"
Jul 30
Jody Stecher commented on Cyndy Richardson's blog post Working on a Few Pieces
"Hi Cynthia, it's ME again. Well no wonder you're having a hard time. Two changes will make it a lot easier.. 1) slow down. You are starting out at the outer limits of where Kaloola will sound good. Not over the limit but at it. Try a more…"
Jul 30

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Working on a Few Pieces

Working through the Wiedt book and looking at videos that have been posted by members here has given me a push to try a few other pieces and I've got three in the works:

  • Kaloola--memorized but still working on playing it cleanly and consistently
  • Sunflower Dance--memorized, but I believe I need to tweak some of the right-hand choices to make it flow better and feel more comfortable
  • Pink Lemonade--still reading…
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Posted on July 29, 2018 at 22:00 — 14 Comments

Weidt Book 1: Week 6

Week 6

Elfin Waltz (Banjo 2)

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With this week's addition to the practice list, I believe we will have covered the whole book. 

I finally printed a copy and bound it together with the first forty pages of Herbert J. Ellis, Ellis's Thorough School for the Five Stringed Banjo (London: John Alvey Turner, n.d). More about that later.

My plan is to spend this week working on the new material and then to take the next two weeks to…

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Posted on July 6, 2018 at 17:10

Weidt Book 1: Week 5

Week 5

Elfin Waltz (Banjo 1)

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I confess. I jumped ahead and started playing through Elfin Waltz this week, both parts, and I like it. It feels more musical than some of the other pieces and the second banjo part takes my fancy.

One challenge will be to follow the right hand fingering in the second part of measures 2 and 4. It's easy for me to move a string using middle-index, but it's much harder for me to do it using index-middle. I see…

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Posted on June 30, 2018 at 4:42 — 4 Comments

Weidt Book 1: Week 4

Week 4

The Fairies (Banjo 2)

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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

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At 2:10 on April 4, 2018, Cyndy 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, Cyndy 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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