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Comment by julian egan on January 7, 2013 at 1:11
Listening to this just makes me admire more and more, people who can play a piece from beginning to end without a bum note ! Can you spot my bum note?
Comment by German David Patarroyo on January 7, 2013 at 2:05

Nice play, Julian. This song  makes me happy always! I hope to play it this year!

Comment by julian egan on January 7, 2013 at 2:55
Thanks David, I used thereallynicemans (Ian's ) video in the learn to play section on here. Unfortunately for me, there isn't a section that covers performance anxiety!! Whenever a camera is pointed at me, I make mistakes !!!
Comment by German David Patarroyo on January 7, 2013 at 4:23

I suppose anxiety is the ultimate goal to beat! I have dozens of beta versions from the amateur playings that I have shared here.

Comment by marc dalmasso on January 7, 2013 at 6:39

Yes i can hear it ; not a problem , the tune is quasi perfectly played ; bravo , you are  a classic banjo player .  I think that playing automaticly without bum notes or any problems is only the experience , playing & playing again . Like used to say Ian in some older post , playing economicaly with the fingers and i would say playing economicaly with your brain ; so have the best LH fingerings up to each player & memorize it  ; for me the problem isn 't the Bj_ technic but the memory ; if i do not play a song for a long time , i will forget it ; and if  i don 't play enough , i will forget some parts only ( while i ' am playing , i have to think in advance what i have to play further in the tune  and i could have a  " black hole " ) ; well plaled , julian

Comment by thereallyniceman on January 7, 2013 at 8:44

Very good Julian, much better than me! I hope that the video helped with RH fingering. Sorry about me neglecting a section on "how to stare out the video camera", but I haven't worked out how to do it myself yet.

Bum notes???  I thought that it was just your musical interpretation of the piece :-)

Comment by Alan Sims on January 7, 2013 at 10:38

well done Julian. You have a nice touch . how long have you been playing banjo. I also learnt this one from Ian and its in my every day practice . Nice guitar.regards Alan

Comment by julian egan on January 7, 2013 at 14:43

Hi Alan, i only returned to the banjo about 3 months ago after problems with my nails made playing the classical guitar temporarily impossible. Ive owned my banjo for a few years but neglected it in favor of the guitar. I learned a couple of blue grass tunes but then put it down.

Ian - liar, liar pants on fire !! ive heard you play so your comments only serve to highlight the fact that you are a gentleman indeed.

David & Marc, thanks for your comments. In the wee small hours when im sat on my own i can play without mistakes ! Or if my wife is listening, i can play ok. It just seems that i become overly aware when i know im being recorded. Its not something i have ever thought about until i started to film myself playing. It certainly makes you appreciate the performance of professional musicians when they get up in front of a TV camera and play without errors.   

Comment by Mike Moss on January 7, 2013 at 17:36

Well done! Even though Sunflower Dance has a reputation as the "Cripple Creek" of Classic banjo it can be very tricky, sp. the third part!

Don't worry about the bum notes... you will seldom hear a Classic style piece played exactly the same way twice in the old recordings. Olly Oakley was notorious for the "variations" he sprinkled into all his performances! It's all good.

Comment by julian egan on January 7, 2013 at 18:11
Thanks Mike, henceforth all bum notes will be referred to as "variations" and "interpretations" !!!

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