Monthly Archives: January 2010

Playing Banjo 4-Finger Style – Getting Started Yet More

Intro | Background | Observations | Benefits & Challenges | Getting Started | More Getting Started | Applying it to a Song Now let’s try some exercises such as the following, which are simply four-finger equivalents of some well-known three-finger … Continue reading

Posted in 4-Finger Style | Tagged | 8 Comments

Playing Banjo 4-Finger Style – Getting Started

Intro | Background | Observations | Benefits & Challenges | Getting Started | More Getting Started | Applying it to a Song For starting starters (apologies to Dr. Seuss), it is best to make use of a little-known fact about … Continue reading

Posted in 4-Finger Style | Tagged | 1 Comment

Playing Banjo 4-Finger Style – Benefits & Challenges

Intro | Background | Observations | Benefits & Challenges | Getting Started | More Getting Started | Applying it to a Song Benefits A new sound. Skillfully playing a four-finger roll can give you a completely new cadence to add … Continue reading

Posted in 4-Finger Style | Tagged | 2 Comments

Playing Banjo 4-Finger Style – Some Observations

Intro | Background | Observations | Benefits & Challenges | Getting Started | More Getting Started | Applying it to a Song Now move forward in time to today. A few banjo players, seeking new boundaries to push, have started … Continue reading

Posted in 4-Finger Style | Tagged | 2 Comments

Playing Banjo 4-Finger Style – Background

Intro | Background | Observations | Benefits & Challenges | Getting Started | More Getting Started | Applying it to a Song Last blog, I gave a brief introduction to the topic of playing bluegrass banjo with four (right hand) … Continue reading

Posted in 4-Finger Style | Tagged | 2 Comments

Playing Banjo 4-Finger Style – Introduction

Intro | Background | Observations | Benefits & Challenges | Getting Started | More Getting Started | Applying it to a Song Have you heard of this yet? Picking a 5-string banjo with 4 fingers instead of the usual 3, … Continue reading

Posted in 4-Finger Style | Tagged | 5 Comments

The Banjo 50 Years from Now

We’re so used to technology these days. Many of us make our living from some part of it. Even if you don’t earn a living at it, you know how to use Facebook, cellphones, iPods and so on and so … Continue reading

Posted in Banjos & Technology, Banjos and Society, Philosophical Ramblings | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Posting Your Blog on Facebook

Recently, I figured out how to make my blog postings show up on my Facebook page. If you are reading this on Facebook, you might not realize that what I usually write about banjos, learning and music are in actuality … Continue reading

Posted in Banjos & Technology | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Nashville Numbering System

The Nashville Numbering System was around long before Nashville became known for music. I’ve seen it called by several other names and it is a basic part of music theory. I’ve heard several bluegrass musicians call it this, so I’m … Continue reading

Posted in Beginning Banjo, Music in General | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

A New Year, A New Perspective

I almost never make new years’ resolutions. I figure if I want to do something, just go ahead and do it when you see that it really needs doing. But I do see the logic in it. The start of a … Continue reading

Posted in Philosophical Ramblings | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment