Pitch recognition seems to be one of the most important skills to hone as a musician. It comes in particularly handy in Bluegrass when you are trying to stumble your way through a break and hoping to occasionally land on the melody. It also seems like one of the more challenging skills to learn and perhaps one of the more difficult to teach. Sometimes I think I am getting a handle on it from years of guitar playing. But then I find an online quiz tool and end up blowing the difference between a major 3rd and a major 5th. It is not a confidence booster.
I’ll throw out the idea for a @BanjoBen lesson on ear training; maybe starting with identifying intervals. Like I said, I don’t think it is an easy thing to teach. It’s probably a matter of hard work and hopefully some innate ability. But any practice strategies, exercises, tips, etc would be appreciated. Except for those gifted with perfect pitch, it is a skill probably everyone could improve.
As long as I am throwing out ideas, a second request would be for material on clawhammer banjo. Reading @Dragonslayer 's interview with Jake (great job Gunnar) I was reminded of Jake’s clawhammer mojo. A while back, @Jake gave a short primer video on the fundamentals. That video is in the linked thread below. I’d love to see a formal lesson with Jake continuing the conversation about clawhammer. Maybe Ben is already a fantastic clawhammer player (wouldn’t surprise me), but if not, it would be interesting to watch Jake teach Ben clawhammer style. It might be comforting to see Ben not be impossibly good at something, -HA
I love Scrugg’s style and it is what I am mostly working on. But sometimes you want to sit on the couch and quietly bum-ditty through some old time melodies.
Either of these ideas appeal to anyone else?