Then and now - my progress


#1

Here I am playing St. Anne’s Reel, around 3 years ago:

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Noy5O8L-94[/video]

Here is my progress as of today:

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eo8RmEJ40Q[/video]

I still have a long way to go, but I think it’s interesting to see how my playing has changed for the better with Banjo Ben’s video lessons.


#2

That’s a great comparison and great progress. It’s hard to see improvement day to day, but that was huge.
Very nice playing Julian!


#3

Real nice playing and great improvement! I see a guy who is much more relaxed and confident in his playing. Sounds Great!


#4

Awesome! Sounds like your relaxing and playing “you” much more…Nice “gettin’ around it”.


#5

Great job Julian! It’s good to see progress like that. It’s obvious that you’ve worked hard and are determined to become a better musician. It’s already been said, but you do look more relaxed. Nice,

J.W.


#6

Very nice, Julian! I thought both videos were good. It looks like you’ve shaved some excess movement off of your fretting hand. Very clean and relaxed playing. I’m always amazed at you guys that can play with a floating (not anchoring a pinky) right hand.


#7

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I’m always amazed at you guys that can play with a floating (not anchoring a pinky) right hand.

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I used to anchor my finger, but it started hurting my ligaments. I then anchored with the ring-finger, but couldn’t reach the bass strings. So I changed to free-floating. I think anchoring is only necessary when you’re playing fast (faster than I can play) or maybe when playing on the high-E string.


#8

Finger style anchoring the pinky helps but flat picking the hand should be free and relaxed . By the way extraordinary picking there, sounds just like down town.