A weekly check-in on the Banjo versus TV project — J.R.'s resolution to spend more time in 2008 on his banjo than on TV. This post covers 9/17/2008 through 9/23/2008.
I had a really great playing moment this last week. I brought my banjo along for a lunch break in the park and decided to try to play along with some of my bluegrass CDs. It worked! I was able to keep up with a simple boom-chick accompaniment for anything in G, even the fast stuff. (Next time I'll bring my capo so I can accompany the A stuff, too.) It was a really sweet hey-I-can-do-this feeling.
Also in the last week:
- Things I took away from this week's banjo lesson:
- Dave kicked off the lesson by asking me to "just play some banjo" so I warmed up with Do Lord then proceeded to my best number, I'll Fly Away. Dave said, "A couple of stumbles, but still: smooth, even, solid sound. That's exactly the way it's supposed to sound." Woo-hoo!
- I brought my laptop along to show Dave how I've been playing along with TablEdit. He liked it.
- Dave had me boom-chick along with a very cool version of Ring of Fire from the album Earl Scruggs and Friends. Billy Bob Thornton doing vocals. I really like it, even if the Amazon editorial review calls it one of the album's misfires.
- Then Dave had me roll along with the same number. Wow. That was the fastest I've ever played along with a forward roll. Dave says I did OK.
- I watched the darkly creepy musical Pretty Dead Girl on iFC. It's a little bit of Scrubs, Little Shop of Horrors and A Clockwork Orange all rolled into one with an heaping helping of Fosse on top.
You can watch the first two songs on YouTube:
- 13 minutes of online videos I watched this week:
- I pre-ordered a copy of Banjo Camp!: Learning, Picking & Jamming with Bluegrass & Old-Time Greats. It's supposed to come out in November.