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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
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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
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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
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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…Continue
Posted on July 6, 2018 at 17:10
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…Continue
Posted on June 30, 2018 at 4:42 — 4 Comments
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
Exercises on time 4
The Fairies (Banjo 1)
[A clean copy of the notation will be posted soon.]
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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 — 9 Comments