Become a POWERFUL Banjo Player!

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In order to be a persuasive banjo player you must learn to use power in your banjo playing. If it’s not natural then it must be learned. In short, you play loudly.

To put it in a more technical sense you are using dynamics to control the emotions of your audience.

In this lesson we’ll practice playing with power. I’ll demonstrate how it’s done and you can then practice it on your banjo.

8 Comments

  • suigeneris

    2013

    Thanks, for that. So I was practicing the right way from the start 🙂

  • Ryan

    2012

    Great questions. At first this is going to seem very awkward. The goal is definitely to have good tone no matter how hard or soft you are playing. You will need to work toward having a great deal of control. I would slow down your picking and try to get the good tone while playing with more power, maybe even one string at a time. Remember, you’re not playing forcefully loud all of the time. This is just a technique to change the dynamics and may only last for a measure or two in the song. It can be very short in duration. Keep me posted on your progress. Thanks Ryan

  • Ryan

    2012

    Thanks for the comment. Let me know how it works for you. I think it will really give you another dimension in your banjo playing.

  • Ryan

    2012

    Edward, we are currently going through all of the old lessons and adding tabs to them each week. Keep your eye on the site and they’ll be up soon. If you have a specific one you want just let me know. Thanks, Ryan

  • BlueRanchRider

    2012

    Ryan, I played a bit last night with your advice and get a lot of snap and pop out of the banjo. I do notice though mistakes creeping up in the playing that aren’t there otherwise. I may post a video of me playing normal (soft) and trying your advice (hard) and show the difference. There’s a noticeable difference in sound, the more normal I play the better tone I have. When I go crazy on the strings I am loud but tend to make more mistakes and lose some tone. What’s the final result supposed to be? Should I learn to pull good tone with playing this hard as well as softly? Thanks again for the great website.

  • BlueRanchRider

    2012

    Ryan, after watching a Sonny Osborne banjo medley video on the internet a week ago, I noticed he completed the over 4 minute session and shook his hand like it was ‘sore and tired’. It occured to me that I had played the banjo for 5 minutes and never had my hand sore or even close. That’s probably the difference (one of very many) between his picking and mine! Thanks for the challenge this week, I’ll head out and see what I think about playing hard.

  • edwardyuzak

    2012

    OOOPS! should have read can I get

  • edwardyuzak

    2012

    Ryan, can get some of the tabs and music notation from you on some of the tunes that have been downloaded before you commenced providing this info. Ed

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