Practice


#1

Anybody have one of those days where you just can’t play at all? Seems like I have that every day…maybe I’ll get a kazoo.


#2

Here’s a little practice session youtube.com/watch?v=Ktsi5dZx … ata_player


#3

I wish I could give some tips, but I don’t even remember exactly how to tune a banjo. Here was a recent related topic in guitars:
https://banjoebenclark.com/forum/t/having-a-bad-picking-day/258/1
Hang in there. I think the kazoo is probably premature.

BTW, Not that I could have given any help, but I just thought I’d pass it along that the practice video is private and I couldn’t watch it.


#4

I had about three of those days last week…Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday…they suck, but if you keep at it, they pass. I had to skip practice Saturday because of work and the honey-do list, but I picked it up last night and everything seemed to flow a little better. I’m not gonna say good, because I don’t think I am good…YET, but the idea remains that sometimes I think when I get frustrated, I just need to walk away and give my mind AND fingers a chance to calm down…as dumb as that may sound.


#5

Here is a link to another thread on the same subject:

https://banjoebenclark.com/forum/t/having-a-bad-picking-day/258/1

Playing ability is like a stairway when first learning. you shoot up for a bit quickly, then level off and can’t seem to progress for a while.then start improving again. It’s like this for most people and is perfectly normal. I will usually use the “can’t progress” days as “attempting new stuff” days. reading a tab for the first time and trying to memorize it goes so slowly for me that I don’t notice my inability to play as fast or as clean as I usually can like I do on stuff I’ve gone over a great number of times.

As you continue to progress in your playing more things will come naturally and those days you feel you can’t play will decrease in frequency.


#6

Thanks for all of the advice…i will get there one day. In the meantime, my teacher is moving to Louisville, KY so I’m gonna be hanging here more…sorry in advance :wink:.

Here’s a video my teacher just made…not bluegrass, but he definately changes the attitude of what banjo playin can be:

youtube.com/watch?v=fMqUzHJj … ata_player


#7

I get those days all the time. I find if I can’t work throuygh them, I have to put down the banjo for the night. All day I look forward to the time I get to play in the evening. I truly enjoy it and findds it de-stresses me. Once it gets too frustrating and shows no signs of getting better then it is time for me to put it down for the night and pick up a book or something else.
Happens to all of us.