"I'll slip into something more comfortable"

*goes back to bed*

I'm starting tenor banjo lessons tonight thanks to a bit of Christmas money, and I'm really looking forward to getting some clarity and focus around what I need to work on to achieve my goals.

There's some tenor banjo material online, but chord shapes and scales in a vacuum only go so far. I've spent a couple of years trying to get a foothold with jazz banjo, so it's exciting to finally be getting some sustained guidance and mentorship.

I'm always distressed by how many people just buy an instrument online and then ask strangers on reddit how to play it. Like, even if you can't afford it long-term, you should *at least* factor the cost of a few lessons into your initial purchase budget - even if you wind up doing lessons via Skype, starting with a real life teacher will get you so much further so much faster than reading books/watching YouTube videos and hoping you're doing it right.

@cocoron I’m going to go practice on my theremin while that old man shakes his fist at a cloud.

New year musings on focus & goals, continued Show more

New year musings on focus & goals, continued Show more

New year musings on focus & goals, continued Show more

New year musings on focus & goals, continued Show more

Ok, the tone and snap of the Aquila 7B Nylguts are growing on me, and the more I read, seems like they're probably what I should have been using on this banjo all along. I'd been using the strings that the luthier originally strung it with, and never thought much about it. Nylon strings last and last.

(I know some people, especially banjo players, tinker and chase tone obsessively, but I've always been pretty lazy in that respect.)

Ugh, finally got around to doing a string change I've been putting off, and these things are absurdly heavy, like weed-wacker cord compared to the ones I had on before. 😒 I might as well give them a fair shake, but I'm not thrilled.

starting a ska band so i can go by the name 'jadzia sax'

Kindof a big deal:
A piece of mine is being premièred at Evensong at Canterbury Cathedral today.

If you are in the area you are very welcome to come (and yes, going to Evensong is free.)

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(Next step, memorizing the 3rd notes of the same chords, along with the shapes where the 3rd lands on the first string, and so on.)

Tenor banjo practice log (let's see how far into 2019 I keep this up:) Spent an hour or so looking up "first string" chord shapes (that is, where the root lands on the first string) and stumbling my way through a couple of tunes with them, which is an exercise Cynthia Sayer set me up with when I took a plectrum lesson with her earlier this year; not necessarily the best sounding inversions, but it's a way to memorize all the positions on the first string.

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2018 reflection / 2019 aspirations ~ (thread, indeterminate length) Show more

2018 reflection / 2019 aspirations ~ (thread, indeterminate length) Show more

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