July 21st, 2003
Got my banjo on saturday, I'm really enjoying playing it. Fingerpicking is a whole new world, it's not like bass picking, yet not entirely unlike it either. I can finger frets in my sleep, but this right hand thing is driving me nuts.
And the open tuning isn't making things any easier.
Mom just called my cell phone at work, my grandfather is in the hospital with pneumonia which is probably related to minor heart failure. We've been woried about him for awhile, he's getting old and sick. Looks like he might not last much longer. fuck fuckity fuck fuck. He was such a powerful presence/person until my grandmother died. He was researching zero-point energy, designing an electric motor which recharges the car batteries as it brakes and goes downhill, and being a really cool retired engineer. Now he just sits around doing nothing except watching TV and wasting away, a grouchy old man. It's very sad. It seems like he's just waiting to die. *sigh*
music: office chatter
Hey, how are you learning banjo? Just teaching yourself? With a book or anything? My girlfriend got me a banjo a while back, and I've just been teaching myself, and it's hard! I've played guitar and bass forever, so I've got a solid foundation for understanding the relationships between the notes and everything, but I don't know anything about technique. The tuning's hard to get used to, too. Anyway, just curious to see if you have any insight into how to start to feel like you're really playing </i>banjo</i> instead of just playing guitar stuff on a banjo. Know what I mean?
And, changing gears, sorry to hear about your grandfather. I hope he's doing better soon.
teaching myself. my background's in violin and bass with occasional guitar pickings thrown in.
I found some great online stuff with tab and fingerpicking patterns (called rolls apparently). banjohangout.org
is where it's at. There are forums on there and links to just about every banjo resource on the net.
The site I've been using the most (yeah, all two day's I've had it so far) is: this one
. It's got a nice progression and tabs out the basic rolls.
The other one I liked is: this one
for a very basic overview of some picking styles. The first link though has a lot more to it than the second.
Also poke around the first site for lots of Tabs. Banjohangout also has lots of tab on the site too.
we should get together and have an Incompetent Dueling Banjos session. lol
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I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather. My grandmother was the same way after my grandfather died. She was lost without him and just gave up. It's very tough to sit by and watch someone do that. *hug*