February 12, 2015 by Josh 2 Comments
January 17, 2017 at 12:21 am
You demystified alternate tunings and my absent understanding of how to play in the most common keys…all in about one hour(and I’m not a quick study). Then I spent one week playing Soldier’s Joy in Double C and found that my 1920’s era Slingerland banjo has produced some amazing depth and richness in tone.. It truly sounds like it was built for that tuning. I now prefer the double C tuning to open G which I played in for two years – before you showed me how easy it is to switch.
Also, I always learned tunes by memorizing the melody first. I would play a song on CD like ‘Nancy’ about 50 times(on my way back and forth to the cattle farm)…then pick out the melody on the banjo and throw in some clawhammer stuff and away I’d go. Now I know that this is actually an ‘official’ method. Now if I hear a song, like it enough to hum it, then I can play it.
Your teaching is excellent. I learned in one week what would have taken months, if ever, by some other methods out there.
Thank you, indeed.
January 17, 2017 at 3:20 pm
That’s wonderful, EJ, and great to hear.
And yes, it’s amazing what a different tuning can do to an instrument, especially certain ones like double C. Thanks so much for the feedback.
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