Learning to play the banjo these days is easier than ever. With the popularity of the banjo and acoustic music growing at a record pace, there are more tools to learn with as well as other musicians to play with.
These days we all have limited time to do the things we like. We always have to make the most out of our time. If you are reading this, one of the things you like to do is to play the banjo, with one of your goals to always be a better player.
I was driving home the other day when I saw these words written on the back of a car, “Good Habits for Life.” What a novel idea? OK, maybe not so “novel” but a good idea nonetheless. I began thinking about the banjo (no surprise there) and wondered; what are some good habits for the life of a banjo player? Try these…
The club is packed, the crowd is stoked, your sound check went beautifully, and you’ve already sold thirty CDs before playing a single note. Everything is going perfectly — so why do you feel like you want to throw up?
OK, so you are saying to yourself that “banjo” and “subtle” are an oxymoron, right? How can a banjo in any way be connected with that word? Well, folks, just as “still waters run deep” so it is with our beloved banjo. If you aren’t paying attention to those subtle little details of playing the banjo, you may just be working too hard!
Whether you are an experienced banjoist or a novice, it is always fun to find out ways to improve your playing. I have a few suggestions that might help you get “in shape” for the height of the festival season that is just around the corner!
In the following lesson, we will learn how to take a basic melody, and turn that into a full chord melody arrangement. We are going to use the popular tune "When the Saints Go Marching In" in the key of F as our example.