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Sunday, July 22, 2012
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Here is an old song called "Waterbound." I'm still not that good at singing and playing yet so there are a few mistakes. I originally learned this song from Mike Iverson's tabs when I first started banjo. I have since changed the arrangement a little, but his tabs could get you started. Constructive criticism is always welcome.
Friday, July 13, 2012
It's hard to believe it, but I have been playing banjo for two years already. Man, time is flying, but at least I'm enjoying it. As motivation for me to continue to challenge myself, I looked up a video of me playing when I was a fledgling musician. I didn't realize I had come so far. I always write that I have issues to work on (usually tempo and varying the melody), but at least I am improving. I plan on challenging myself and playing with some musicians around Auburn (most are much better than me). I hope this video also motivates anybody who is considering taking up the banjo, or any instrument. Just be careful, it can be addicting. In the last two years, I have also started learning guitar, ukulele, and the fiddle.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
This is a continuation of my series of posts documenting my construction of a mountain banjo. Earlier posts include Building a Mountain Banjo: The Pot and Building a Mountain Banjo: Marking the Neck.
I actually did this way back in May, before I moved to Auburn, but I am just now getting a chance to write about. Compared to marking the neck, rough-cutting the neck was a quick process. The final shaping will be a different story (especially since I don't currently own a draw-knife, block plane, or rasp).