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Discuss the Banjo lesson: Banjo Make-a-Break, Featuring Tex Critter

https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/banjo-make-a-break-featuring-tex-critter-banjo-intermediate

Tex Critter is a nice feller, as long as you play banjo solos for his songs! In this groundbreaking approach, Tex is gonna make YOU a certified banjo player. And if you don’t like that, he’ll be happy to take it outside.

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That is pretty much how the jams go… For me anyways. Lol

Enjoyed that lesson. Take care.

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What happened to Tex’s “chest piece” at 3:10? Hope he doesn’t find that in his underwear at the end of the day. That would be a real surprise. Good topic though, gives me lots of homework.

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This lesson just raised the bar. I went through it for about an hour today before I had to shift my focus to dad duties. I’m hoping tomorrow I can spend a lot more time on it. Might have to get up extra early and slap the mute on the ol’ Twanger to get some practice time in.

I’m really looking forward to working on this.

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This was a great lessons @BanjoBen
and thank Mr Critter for me, great lyricist and motivational speaker

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OK, let’s have some fun with this. I’ve sat down to the lesson again today uninterrupted. I decided that, for the sake of not getting stuck in the “I can only play what’s in Ben’s lesson” trap, I didn’t work on memorizing his tab. Instead, I came up with my own rolls and licks. Some of them are nearly identical to the lesson, but I didn’t learn them from the lesson tab. I also didn’t memorize a particular break. What I played in this video may not be played the same way if I record it again.

Here’s my first attempt using licks I already know and can recall fairly easily.

My next goal is to use Ben’s Bag O’ Licks lessons and work some of them in here.

Post a video of what you have come up with and let’s learn from each other!

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That is pretty cool @Mark_Rocka

I got inspired when @BanjoBen said his girl was given the task to figure out how to play happy birthday on the Mandolim by herself so I decided I’d give it a go on the banjo. I tried to build the song from the basic melody following the concept of this class- What do you think?

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Excellent Frank. Is that an Ibanez Road Star behind you? I got one of those.

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Great job Mark. When you arpeggio the 3 and 2 do you use minors?

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great lesson Ben and well done Mark and Frank…

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@Mark_Rocka Dude, that’s it. You’ve got it.

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Listening to those three makes me feel like I just accidentally fell into the deep end of the pool!
I’m trying to swim, but I keep gulping water!

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hahaha! Great lesson! Maybe not written just for me!!! But Dang! This scenario has played out more than once. Thanks Tex Critter!

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Hey @Treblemaker it is an american fender Jazz Bass - Those Ibanez Road Star are really rare, I am jealous :grinning:

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Mark - that sounds great! I’d jam with you any day man! -Stephen

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Thanks Stephen! We’ll have to see how this translates to other songs I don’t already know. I’m pretty excited about it, though!

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That was hysterical AND informative! I thoroughly enjoyed!!

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Hi Ben
Enjoyed that. Great little ditty to learn, next time you see Tex tell him he plays a mean banjo😂
Regards
Davey
Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland.

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Oops Ben on the banjo, my mistake🤪

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Heres what the preview taught me. @BanjoBen is a Goof ball and you got to know more than foggy mountain breakdown to be a bluegrass banjo player :rofl::joy:

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