I didn’t want to highjack another thread so I figured I would start a new one.
I was inspired by this: comment from @5stringpreacher in the backwards roll lesson thread to finally look at these tef files I keep seeing so much about. Let me just say, if you are like I was, and just ignored these files thinking the video and the pdf was enough, please stop right now, go to the lesson you are currently working on, and download the tef file.
I am very new to the banjo and have been working on the forward roll study when time permitted for me to practice and was noticing my tempo was becoming quite uneven and instead of picking good even eighth notes, my picking was starting to develop a bit of a gallop to it. I popped open the tef file and started to play along with it and almost instantly began to smooth out my rhythm and maintain a much more even tempo.
I had tried playing along with the mp3 tracks the other day and had a hard time finding the groove even at the slowest speed and figured I just wasn’t ready to play it that fast yet. After trying the trick mentioned earlier to slowly ramp up the speed I found out that I can actually play along relatively well at about 100bpm and don’t completely fall apart until around 110bpm. This was a huge boost to my confidence and helped show me that I was progressing a little better than I had initially thought.
So, long story short, thank you @BanjoBen for including the tef files with your lessons, thank you @5stringpreacher for sharing your tempo trick with the player, and if you are not currently using these tef files, do yourself a favor and download them, they are an awesome tool!