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Discuss the Banjo lesson: Pro Picker Case Study: Banjo with Tony Wray

https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/pro-picker-case-study-banjo-with-tony-wray-banjo-advanced

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!

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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!

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I haven’t even watched the preview yet but I’m so excited to see Tony Wray!

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Great insight Guy’s. thank_you

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Banjo Ben, Will there be Tab for some of the things Tony Wray did in the video’s that just came out

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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!

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@banjomueller
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!

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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!

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Great advice on playing with other instruments. Thank you.

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Now that was just plain Good, real, real, Good. Thanks Ben, and thanks Tony.

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That was a great lesson, very wise and practical insight

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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.

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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.

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@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.

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Tony - a spontaneous act of prodigality

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