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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, 2018.

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 Joel Hooks Jun 4, 2021.

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, 2018.

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Joel Hooks replied to Cyndy Richardson's discussion Best Resources for Learning Proper Right-hand Technique
"I’m a broken record on this but... pick a course of study and work through it.  We all love to just jump in and the correct things later but this is a big mistake.  I know because I largely ignored alternate fingering at first and…"
Jun 4, 2021
Jody Stecher replied to Cyndy Richardson's discussion Best Resources for Learning Proper Right-hand Technique
"The *other* "thing" is: using the same finger successively may be inefficient, ineffective, inappropriate, and inept but it is not insubordinate. In other words, it is not to be avoided because it is "wrong" or because it breaks…"
Jun 4, 2021
gary cape replied to Cyndy Richardson's discussion Best Resources for Learning Proper Right-hand Technique
"Also a fiddler for many years but doing self taught banjo since last year since covid shut down all the jam sessions. I really like banjo music and its a natural with fiddle. At the start I was learning familiar fiddle tunes and also Irish tunes…"
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Working on a Few Pieces

Working through the Wiedt book and looking at videos that have been posted by members here has given me a push to try a few other pieces and I've got three in the works:

  • Kaloola--memorized but still working on playing it cleanly and consistently
  • Sunflower Dance--memorized, but I believe I need to tweak some of the right-hand choices to make it flow better and feel more comfortable
  • Pink Lemonade--still reading…

Posted on July 29, 2018 at 22:00 — 14 Comments

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…


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…


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

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At 2:10 on April 4, 2018, Cyndy 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!


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, Cyndy 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.


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