How do you improvise on your banjo. If you were not subscribed to our email list in 2008 then you might have missed this one. I wanted to share this article that I wrote in July 08 about how to improvise. You’re sure to gain something from this on. Here’s the first key!
1. Listen for the melody.
Don’t think you have to know the melody note for note. What you must
know is the direction in which the song is moving. Determine whether
the melody line is going up or down, how long, how fast it’s moving,
Try to visualize the physical notes as the road map of the song. Once
you have a clear direction of where you need to go throughout your
banjo break, then you will have the freedom to follow that map wherever
Picture a path made of stepping stones. Once you know where it leads
you have the liberty to skip, hop, stroll, twirl, jump, or dance over the
stones along the way.
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By the way, if you’re going to Bean Blossom I’ll see you there.