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 the logic, though. The third note in measure 4 is on the second string which is much easier to catch with the index finger in that situation. I suspect paying attention to these little things will pay off down the road.

Last night I downloaded a number of easy pieces from the Music Library and I was pleased to realize that I can now read through some parts of them in a comfortable way. It makes for some very enjoyable porch time.

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Comment by Jody Stecher on June 30, 2018 at 5:55

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 of the C and then C an octave higher the same length as the first notes. Stringwise it is four one/one two.

The natural thing to do is to divide this into three sections. But when I do that I want to play the E with the middle finger as in measure 2. After all the home of the middle finger is the first string.  So I tricked my brain. I divided the measure into 2.  The first section is Thumb and index.  Strings 4 and 1. Then next section is middle and index. Strings 1 and 2. Each of those two note sections is easy to play with that right hand fingering. Then I practiced the transition from E to D, both on the first string, using first index and then middle. After that it was easy to play the measure smoothly using the indicated fingering. Really all I needed was Thumb followed by index. The next two notes pretty much played themselves.

Comment by Jody Stecher on July 2, 2018 at 22:47

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.

Comment by Cynthia Richardson on July 2, 2018 at 23:05

Ah, thanks for letting me know!

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