Pro Picker Case Studies let us take a tour through the musical minds of some of my pickin’ heroes! I want to know what makes them tick, what makes them choose that note, and the theory behind the tasty things they create. Tony Wray is a picker’s picker–he’s played with all the big stars and is now creative director for Pinecastle Records. To me, it doesn’t get any better than Tony. Don’t forget to download the tab to a song he wrote exclusively for my site titled “Ben’s Jig”, and check out the guitar portion of the case study as well!
Yes!!! Can’t wait to delve into these courses! I benefited so much from those Utility Wrolls and guitar Wrythm last time; these lessons look great!
I haven’t even watched the preview yet but I’m so excited to see Tony Wray!
Great insight Guy’s.
Banjo Ben, Will there be Tab for some of the things Tony Wray did in the video’s that just came out
Wonderful series, Ben! Thanks for making it happen… I learned so much about how musicians work together!
I found it helpful that you picked very familiar tunes to demo things-- and the jig? Absolutely the sweetest!
Probably not because so much is covered in other lessons we’ve done with him. These Case Studies are more of a seminar type lesson. Go to the banjo lesson page and search Wray and check out what else he’s taught, thanks!
OK, I’m loving it, especially Tony’s emphasis on listening. It’s an area I understand completely but have a stupidly hard time doing it.
I’m beginning to suspect I’m worrying too much about playing rather than listening. Perhaps if I should try listening more and just let the playing happen by itself. Sometimes it does!
Great advice on playing with other instruments. Thank you.
Now that was just plain Good, real, real, Good. Thanks Ben, and thanks Tony.
That was a great lesson, very wise and practical insight
What I love most about Tony’s playing is the way he makes mundane rolls fresh and exciting with the simplest things. On the Dynamics and Groove video, at 3:28, he does a simple banjo G lick but immediately follows it with a low D note that was completely unexpected in the exact place he put it. I was expecting to hear it 2 or 3 notes later, so it really caught my attention.
He makes me look at playing from a new perspective.
Yeah @Mark_Rocka, he’ll also pick that 4th string with his index in a heartbeat, like he does in 3:39 of that video.
@Mark_Rocka tabbed out Tony’s backup/lead for “Will the Circle” and it’s awesome, just added it to the tab resources on this lesson.
Tony - a spontaneous act of prodigality