Learn Clawhammer Banjo
Banjo Lessons for the Adult Beginner
by Josh 11 Comments
Keith Thomson says
Gday Josh, how are you going,
I hope you and yours had a good Christmas and I also hope you have great new year, so all the best for the future.
In cleaning up my iPad for the start of said new year I have inadvertently lost part of my course, all the videos work, as do the notes but for some reason all the tune tutorials have gone and I liked playing along with them, in fact they are the most important part of my practice so I suppose you can guess what I am about to ask, can you check to see all is well and if not please resend the links for them
Thanks Josh in anticipation
Regards Keith Thomson
Hmm, everything looks to be working well. It’s possible you’re trying to access the tutorials through an old link, perhaps the ones that were up before the recent site update. Try accessing the tutorials through the member home page (clawhammerbanjo.net/memberhome). This one (and multiple others) is located under the “Module 1” content.
Just to let you know everything is back to normal all the modules are complete and I am very pleased. I havnt a clue as to what happened, did you repair anything? If so thanks, now I can get down to some practice and use the tutorials to help in my slow but sure way. Once again thankyou.
Regards Keith Thomson
Well I wish I could take credit for it, but I can’t. We’ll chalk this one up to the cyber-gremlins!
Regardless, glad all is well again!
I missed not having your video when playing the D chords in the third measure. It’s easier for me to use my index finger at the second fret third string and my ring finger on the second string third fret to play them. This, of course is inconsistent with the second and third ways of playing the D chords. Which fingers did you use there in the first level arrangement?
Me again, Josh.
I’m glad it’s near midnight over there – you’ll be asleep. It’s 10.00 am here and I’m confused nonetheless. I was referring to the way you fret the D chord on the third measure of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”.
Best wishes for your fine work.
I’ve now checked your presentation of Will the Circle Be Unbroken. I can see you use the first and second finger for the D chord. I’ll keep working on it, Josh.
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Just worked through Bile Dem Cabbage and Bury me, level 1’s. I find I want to hammer on sometimes for the bum ditty’s (no brush). I have to consciously stop myself, thought I do like the way it sounds.
Anyway, two things:
1) In the Bury my level 1, half way through the second phrase your video disappears and does not return, however the tab is still visible and your audio work just fine.
2) For some guidance, is the intent for the first month to work through all level 1’s then once comfortable, go back and work all the level II’s until comfortable and then move on to the next lessons?
I SO appreciate this course and am enjoying getting started with it.
However, I would like to make a suggestion: in the Level 1 Arrangement of Bury Me Beneath the Willow, and after you go through the 4 measures note by note and then play the 4 measures together, I wonder if your playing could be slowed down a bit…..I’m a newbie, I must admit, but it seems that the note by note instruction is very slow and then it is followed by your playing, which is way too fast!! Since it is level 1, I would like to experience playing along with you.
Should I get each song up to performance tempo before starting working on a new song?
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