I’ve been working on my banjo board for a while, so I’ve had time to pull in a lot of great resources. Listed below are my Top 3 Banjo Resources.
How to Play Music Faster: Ideal Practice Methods for Adult Musicians
Hensold’s keys to an ideal practice are:
The article provides a lot of detail behind that short list. There are some concepts I don’t completely understand, but I am sure that will come with time. He provides practical steps for getting the most out of my limited practice time.
Free 5-String Banjo Lessons
These lessons are similar to my banjo teacher’s lessons. I appreciate learning everything from a teacher who provides instant feedback, but can’t always remember everything he tells me once I get home. This index is perfect for reinforcing the lessons I learned and making sure that I am practicing properly.
99 Essential Bluegrass Banjo Solos
This isn’t relevant for me now, but my teacher mentioned banjo tabs are kind of hard to find. I struck gold with a list that includes Foggy Mountain, Shady Grove, and Wreck of the Old 97. I can’t wait to level up to actual songs!
I had a lot of fun finding banjo quotes and videos to pin to my board as well. This banjo habit has been one of my favorites so far. I’m sure I’ll have plenty more to add to my board by the end of my 66 days.
Take a trip over to Pinterest and start following my Strummin’ Saturday board!
TED has great musicians on their stage, and these are my favorite talks the feature the banjo.
“…we’re three brothers from New Jersey — you know, the bluegrass capital of the world.”
Bluegrass Virtuosity from New Jersey – Sleepy Man Banjo Boys
These kids are awesome, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched this video. Their name inspired me to try Jonny’s method of banjo practicing. I’ve learned that when playing the banjo you’re supposed to look at your left hand on the neck not your right had picking at the strings. It’s been hard for me to look away from my right hand when practicing my rolls, but laying down and closing my eyes totally helped!
“Be good to your friends. Why, without them, you’d be a total stranger.”
The Joyful Tradition of Mountain Music – David Holt
Holt’s TED Talk showcases the music and songs that I associate with the banjo. It’s twangy and fun and you can’t help but join in. I’m learning bluegrass banjo so it was interesting to see the clawhammer style. Maybe I’ll try that next!
“The light that shown off of her eyes was a place I could have stayed forever.”
Building US-China Relations… by Banjo – Abagail Washburn
Washburn’s earnest talk about finding and sharing her musical talent made me tear up a little bit. Music is a fantastic way to connect with our fellow humans. She will be on tour this fall and I would love to see her Chinese banjo music in person!
There seems to be a TED Talk on just about any topic, and it is a great way to get a new perspective on your interests. They have other banjo videos, but I liked these 3 the best.
Are you a fan of TED’s music? Please share your favorite video in the comments.
I posted a teaser picture about this habit in January, and I’m finally ready to start building my BANJO! habit. I’ve wanted to learn to play the banjo for.ev.er and was ecstatic when Clayton bought me one for Christmas.
Habit: Practice my banjo for at least 15 minutes every day for 66 days
Start Date: Saturday, 08/05/2017
Projected End Date: Tuesday, 10/10/2017
- Take 5 banjo lessons
- Watch 3 TED Talks about learning a musical instrument
- Learn pro-tips for practicing
- Create a Pinterest inspiration board
- Post weekly on Saturdays about my progress
Incentive: 10 additional banjo lessons
Lofty Goal: Finding my passion!
I’ve hardly touched a musical instrument so I knew I would need help getting started. I found a teacher on TakeLessons, and had a great first lesson. I thought it would be good to set a baseline so here is a short video of how little experience I have.
It’s going to take a lot of practice, but I can’t wait to go fast!
If you have any helpful tips about learning and instrument please share them in the comments!