Forum - Banjo Ben Clark

Hardest to learn

Is it just me, or do you find the simplest song the hardest to learn and play well? Sometimes it’s easy to hide mistakes in fast songs with lots of notes, but in those slower songs that have those beautiful melodic runs, mistakes stick out like a sore thumb. Maybe it’s just me…


Nope. It’s not just you. :wink:


Yes, that’s definitely true for me. It’s way more annoying to me when I don’t pull the optimum tone playing a simple break at 85 BPM than if I miss few notes playing “Rawhide” at 170. I make the worst mistakes at slower tempos.


It’s not just you.

This’ is one of the bigger reasons nearly everything I play (when alone) is at a slow or moderate speed.


True for me too!

It seems like it’s that way with everything. A canoe is a simple boat, but takes extraordinary skill to make it work right.
Charles Shultz once said Charlie Brown was the hardest character to draw, because his head was a simple circle. It was difficult for Shultz to make the circle look the same every time.
My wife is a simple woman, but do you think I understand her?
Simple is simple, but that’s not the same as easy.