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Discuss the Banjo lesson: Ben's Breakdown

https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/bens-breakdown-banjo

Honestly, I wanted to be more like Earl, so I wrote a breakdown and named it after myself.

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:joy: “You could walk out onto The Grand Ole Opry and play that; come on!” Humbleness is my favorite feature of yours :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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I’ve always wondered why tunes are called “breakdowns.” I’ve asked a number of banjo players and nobody has ever had an authoritative answer. So why are some tunes called breakdowns?

Anyway, I like the format of the lessons. Learn a technique, practice it until it becomes second nature, then use the techniques in a tune that becomes an earworm that I find myself whistling at work. People probably think I’m on the verge of a breakdown! No, no, that is just the effect that Banjo Ben has on people.

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You tell him, Nicole! :+1:

I honestly do not quite know. In college we used to play Foggy Mountain Breakdown backwards…we called it the Clear Valley Fixup.

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You know you can’t just say that and NOT play it. I bet I’m not just speaking for myself when I say “I need to hear this!”

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I second that @Mark_Rocka!

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Looks like you’ve thrown down the gauntlet Mark. Looking forward to seeing the response. :heart_eyes:

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I agree! We need to hear this, heck I can’t play it forwards yet…

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It was actually just a joke…sorry guys :slight_smile:

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I feel a little dumb because I even googled it!

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I think it might be called “breakdowns” because it references the way a song or simple melody is broken down and “reconstructed” in various ways.

The variations might be where the term “breakdown” originates?

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I honestly thought it was a teaching method to break down songs, Start with the melody, add rolls, and then add the fancy stuff. This assumption probably ranks up there with wearing the finger picks backwards.

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Seems to me that Earl named these tunes after the times their truck broke down

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Boooooooooooooo…

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I bet Banjo Billy could do it @Mark_Rocka :clown_face:

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I believe it was Bill Monroe that had said the “Breakdown” was simply a tune played too fast for anyone to dance to which would signal the end of the set or show so a crew could begin to “Breakdown” the dance floor. Sounds reasonable to me.

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I am a little late to this chatter but come on Ben give the pupils something to chew on here. Lets hear it backwards!!!

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Find a dictionary and look up “breakdown”. One of the definitions should be “a fast country dance”