After many years of spinning my wheels as a banjoist, I have been on a steep improvement track the last several years, and I couldn’t be happier! A lot of hard work and study has gone into this improvement, not the least of which has been in figuring out just how to cause it.
This is the blog that I’ve been working up to writing for the last three years; this is the subject that has had the most impact on my life (as a banjoist and a human). This is pretty much the explanation of who I am and the gist of what I hope to over-come and be-come.
When I was younger—until fairly recently actually—I had the attitude that I was powerless to do anything about, well. . .anything!
I recently heard a story on NPR about technology addiction and the diminishing human attention span; one of the fascinating things discussed was the fact that humans now have a shorter attention span than goldfish (goldfish – 9 seconds, humans – 8 seconds).
Here is the modal scale compendium promised in the Spring 2017 edition…
Okay, Banjo Snob fans (all + or – 10 of you), I have truly fallen off the deep end! I am about to go where no level-headed, serious-minded musician is supposed to go; into the realm of metaphysics, specifically musical vibrations.
Having experienced a case of “writer’s block” (if I can honestly call myself a “writer”) over the last few weeks, I believe it’s time to take a look back on 2016, and forward to 2017.
I just want to take a moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas (or a respectful Happy Holidays for those so inclined)! Of course I have an ulterior motive. . . I was teaching a lesson the other day, and the subject turned to Christmas songs.
Here is the second in my series of transcriptions of Harry Reser’s plectrum banjo recordings. I count these as “technical studies,” as there is no better way to learn a style than by copying a true master of the instrument. Click on the link below for the transcription.
“I am the greatest!” Muhammad Ali
With those immortal words, Ali earned more detractors than he did fans, and yet, he went out and repeatedly proved that he was indeed “the greatest” at what he did. I understand the dislike for some of the things he did and said outside the boxing ring (and his infamous “showboating” inside the ring).