Like the previous week, week 3 started off with a painful truth from my instructor, Mike. Yes, I'd been practicing my rolls. But I'd been practicing them too slowly and with the wrong emphasis. So it's been another week of roll practice, interrupted only by the speech I gave at my Toastmasters group.
I'm kinda proud of the music that I performed at that speech, 'cause it's my first success at writing tabulature. Following Mike's suggestion, I wrote my own version of The Ballad of Jed Clampett (AKA The Theme to the Beverly Hillbillies).
Another thing to be proud of? The Banjo versus TV project survived its first major attack: the new season of American Idol, which the redhead and I love to watch.
Also in the last week:
- Over at the Banjo Hangout I joined the Banjo Hangout Players Union. I'm looking forward to the t-shirt.
- Played with the free demo of the TablEdit tablature editor. I found SteveMcBill's TablEdit tutorial very helpful, even though it shows guitar stuff and not banjo stuff.
- Watched my NetFlix copy of All Star Bluegrass Celebration (2004), which was really excellent if you ignore the parts that aren't really bluegrass.
- Watched my NetFlix copy of Best of the Flatt & Scruggs TV Show: Vol. 1, in all its black & white, Martha-White's-Biscuits-selling glory.