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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 replied to Brice Alms's discussion Are there classic banjo tab instruction books?
"Hi Brice. I'm going to add a beginner's take to the expert opinions that have already been posted here. I totally agree--tab or notation or whatever--we all have to figure out what works for us. But, over the last six weeks I've…"
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Cynthia Richardson commented on Cynthia Richardson's video
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Elfin Waltz

"Thank you! I was looking through the easy Weidt tunes on the site today (downloaded a bunch for perusal later tonight) but I don't think I saw that one. I'll have to go looking!"
Tuesday
Trapdoor2 commented on Cynthia Richardson's video
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Elfin Waltz

"Bravo! Well done! Sounds very similar to "Cupid's Victory" (another great, and simple, Weidt tune)."
Tuesday
Cynthia Richardson replied to David Parkin's discussion Tuning for a six string banjo
"Hi David.  I very much enjoyed reading the post that details your connection to the Daniels brothers and the research you've done so far. My days alternate between genealogy and music and how I envy a project like the one you've found…"
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Elfin Waltz

From Weidt's Elementary Studies, Book 1
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Cynthia Richardson commented on Cynthia Richardson's blog post Weidt Book 1: Week 5
"I recorded Elfin Waltz this evening and it's a good indication of where I'm at. Sometimes I play it a tiny bit better and sometimes it's a whole lot worse! :) One big challenge -- which I suspect will remain for years and maybe…"
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Cynthia Richardson posted a blog post

Weidt Book 1: Week 6

Week 6Elfin Waltz (Banjo 2)- - - - -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 make the best recordings that I can of the pieces I've worked on as…See More
Jul 6
Cynthia Richardson commented on Cynthia Richardson's blog post Weidt Book 1: Week 5
"Ah, thanks for letting me know!"
Jul 2
Jody Stecher commented on Cynthia Richardson's blog post Weidt Book 1: Week 5
"Starting midweek I  will be away for a week with limited internet access. So the absence of any Weidt Words from me on Friday July 6th merely indicates a lack of connectivity not a loss of interest."
Jul 2
Jody Stecher commented on Cynthia Richardson's blog post Weidt Book 1: Week 5
"I see what you mean about measures 2 and 4 in the Second Banjo part.  Here's what I did to trick my brain, and therefore my fingers, into being cooperative. Measure 4 has a total of 4 notes.  A long C, E and D each half the duration…"
Jun 30
Cynthia Richardson commented on Cynthia Richardson's blog post Weidt Book 1: Week 3
"Good point. I've actually seen the dynamics in the various pieces as a reminder to try to learn how to control the volume with the right hand so that, maybe, eventually, I will be able to choose what really works, musically speaking."
Jun 30
Jody Stecher commented on Cynthia Richardson's blog post Weidt Book 1: Week 3
"Forte is relative."
Jun 30
Cynthia Richardson commented on Cynthia Richardson's blog post Weidt Book 1: Week 3
"Small step forward trying to record The Fairies this evening. I've been trying to play the chords in the second part loud -- because that's what the music says -- and in doing that, I'd totally lost the swaying waltz feel that…"
Jun 30
Cynthia Richardson posted a blog post

Weidt Book 1: Week 5

Week 5Elfin Waltz (Banjo 1)- - - - -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 the logic, though. The third note in measure 4 is on…See More
Jun 30
Cynthia Richardson replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Weidt in C Book 1
"Oh, yes. Thank you! I've been trying to clean up the copy that I've been working from and this will save me a lot of work."
Jun 28
Jody Stecher commented on Cynthia Richardson's blog post Weidt Book 1: Week 3
"Yes it might sound more detached and staccato but consecutive eighth notes with one finger might also cause injury to the fingers and/or hand. At "moderato", as indicated , I think it's safe.  Anyway thanks for solving the…"
Jun 24

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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

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.]

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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

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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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