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A quick workshop on playing fraiing banjo and harmonica simultaneously.
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The Daily Frail for today focuses on the D major lick that helped me figure out bluegrass phrasing for frailing banjo.
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Last year neurological issues made it difficult for me to type.
I handled the situation the way I usually do; I adapted. I dropped off social media and turned my attention to writing. The keyboard was out so I started writing my next book longhand, with paper and pencils.
Now it is 2019. My book is coming close to completion and I have made a little bit of progress with the neurological issues. I think it is safe to dip my toe into the murky water of social media.I Have set up new Facebook and Twitter accounts today. As things progress I will be posting more information on the upcoming book and other cool folk music projects we have in the works.
I am proud of the progress my mom is making with her web site. Be sure to visit misstrudy.com for recipes, craft projects, poetry and her insights into early childhood development.
We have a ton of exciting music and mayhem in the works for the year ahead. I can’t wait to get started!
A bunch of people have contacted me in the past couple of days asking about the stuff that I do when I am singing and playing the banjo.
It’s a hard question to answer because my playing is largely improvisational – but nothing beats a failure but a try!
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Answers to questions.
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Howlin Winds said in a comment that he was struggling with the basics.
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Streamed live on November 15, 2018 at 11:14 AM.
So I started out like most people probably do, learning songs from the tabs in The How and the Tao and from your other books. I’ve managed to memorize a dozen songs or so, but I don’t think it’s the right path. I can’t see how a person can possibly memorize the melody of every song that might come up at a jam. So when you’re doing an instrumental break like you did on The Wreck of the Old 97, are you playing that from memory / tab, or are you improvising it on the spot? Is it necessary to have the song memorized (like from tab) or is there some way to learn to play the melody break by ear?