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"Joel got it downloaded...it looks harder than Pajama Dance but I'll give it a go!"
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Joel Hooks commented on Paul Painter's video
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"Click on the "Tutor Books" link at the top of the page and find "Bradbury's Modern Method For The Banjo."  Download it.  Scroll to page 18."
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Paul Painter commented on Paul Painter's video
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"Joel..i don't be able to find Banjo Dance...i would like to learn it if available??"
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Hot Frets by Frank Lawes

"Nice work! That's a hand full Joel!!"
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Paul Painter commented on Paul Painter's video
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"yes I know what you mean by the differant ways to play a song...i want to improvise some after I get better and learn better of what to do with my fingering...its funny....at the piano I can record with no retreats but as soon as I turn on the…"
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Joel Hooks commented on Paul Painter's video
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"Yes, coming right along!!  Sounding good.  The trio or C part makes good practice of the "thumb glide" and barre position playing. Ian, the piece is "Pajama Dance" from the Mel Bay book.  It suspiciously similar to…"
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thereallyniceman commented on Paul Painter's video
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"I love these "real life" recordings! You have obviously put a lot of practice in and are making rapid progress. I don't recognise the tune.. where is it from? 5*****"
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Joel Hooks commented on Paul Painter's blog post Getting started
"That sounds good!  Post any questions and we will do our best to help."
Nov 26
Paul Painter commented on Paul Painter's blog post Getting started
"Hi Joel.. No didn't skip....started 1st page I'm just up to 26....reviewing daily...so I won't forget any....and yes I've took the time to watch the "Learn to Play" videos..he addressed the hand positions...i used to…"
Nov 26
Joel Hooks commented on Paul Painter's blog post Getting started
"Hi Paul,  I am replying here to a response to a comment as the homepage comments tend to be fragmented and hard to follow. Did I understand you correctly that you have skipped ahead to page 26 in the Mel Bay book?  That puts you starring…"
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"Randy....thankyou for a constructive and supportive comment...yes I've been reading everyday...starting to "Get It" it's nice to be able to stack notes so tight together for chord voicing using the fifth string...quit ingenious…"
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"Welcome to Classic Banjo!   I remember teaching a guitar class in which there were two ladies who played and taught piano.  They, like Paul, found the strings and frets very confusing compared to the way piano keys lay out everything very…"
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Paul Painter commented on Paul Painter's blog post Getting started
"Funny hi hi! I guess that's the best comment!"
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Getting started

Hello there...well I started about 2 weeks ago learning to play the banjo...been working on Round Peak rolls...and some normal bum ditty ....i set up my banjo with a fiberskyn head and some nylgut strings...not really knowing about Classic Banjo...i was heading towards fretless playing after hearing some wonderful music.

I'm a jazz piano player by trade for over 45 years...and really didn't pay much attn to the banjo...and then going to the internet I found this music to be more than…

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Posted on November 15, 2018 at 18:39

Getting started

Hello there...well I started about 2 weeks ago learning to play the banjo...been working on Round Peak rolls...and some normal bum ditty ....i set up my banjo with a fiberskyn head and some nylgut strings...not really knowing about Classic Banjo...i was heading towards fretless playing after hearing some wonderful music.

I'm a jazz piano player by trade for over 45 years...and really didn't pay much attn to the banjo...and then going to the internet I found this music to be more than…

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Posted on November 15, 2018 at 18:39 — 12 Comments

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At 17:00 on November 23, 2018, Randy Dary said…

Welcome to Classic Banjo!  

I remember teaching a guitar class in which there were two ladies who played and taught piano.  They, like Paul, found the strings and frets very confusing compared to the way piano keys lay out everything very nicely in a linear fashion.  It seemed to be of some help to them when I commented, as Jody has done, about each string and the frets being half steps.  I don't recall if Jody mentioned this, but one exercise you might do for familiarity is to play chromatic scales up each string.  Also major and minor scales up each string, and of course using regular fingerlings with open strings.

I also got quite a bit out of the Bradbury book.  Its main selling point might be that it is still available.  The other method books ("tutors" on this great site, I believe) are also good.  Most of them take up quite a few pages at the beginning explaining basic music fundamentals, which you don't need.

i would recommend getting away from tablature.  As a music reader, tab seems a very tedious process.  I do see its use in some cases where it represents the 5th string more clearly than regular notation sometimes can, but most notated banjo music finds a way to indicate the 5th string.  

Last comment: banjo and guitar are interesting in that going "up" a string actually involves going "down" towards the floor, and going "up" the strings also involves going down towards the floor, with the banjo having the additional anomaly of the high-pitched fifth string to add to the craziness!  You have to just dive in, use Some of your piano note reading knowledge but immerse yourself in the new territory of the banjo.

sounds as if you are avidly exploring.  Good luck and have fun!

At 17:57 on November 23, 2018, Paul Painter said…

Randy....thankyou for a constructive and supportive comment...yes I've been reading everyday...starting to "Get It" it's nice to be able to stack notes so tight together for chord voicing using the fifth string...quit ingenious how the fifth string affords things like that...im working in the Mel Bays Concert Style starting on page 26 today...and also on the videos and working on the part one of the videos with the music and tab....i do have some questions how the tab is wrote...ive seen the lines used and in this video I see the spaces used..also there is a mistake in the tab using the 6 position instead of the 5 bar chord...just thought I would bring this to light just in case of another without music knowledge...again thanks for understanding what I was talking about...regards Paul

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