Playing a break without definition is like taking a trip without a map. If you decide to travel without knowing where you’re going then you could virtually end up anywhere.
Playing the banjo without definition in your playing will confuse your listeners. Here’s how it breaks down. You define your playing by knowing your licks and placing them with accuracy. You can’t just stumble around and expect to impress the fans.
Try this little trick. Next time you play your favorite banjo tune visualize it first. Take a second to look ahead in your mind and know where your going to go with your hot banjo licks. You will create a ton of definition in your banjo solo if you play your rehearsed break with confidence, and play it with power!
The tone quality throughout your solo should be very consistent. We (your fans) shouldn’t hear any buzzing or funny tinny sounds pulsating from your banjo.
Fret your instrument with the very ends of your fingers (use the bones), and fret with your fingers right on the fret instead of fretting half way between frets. This will eliminate the dreadful buzzing
Energy is crucial! Have you ever driven home from a concert when you can still feel the energy of the band in your head. This is what you must accomplish. Energy is inserted with the use of dynamics and good timing.
Try playing your next banjo break while keeping focused on good timing. No fumbling! A slower banjo break with perfect timing will out shine a fast break any day.
Practice inserting definition (plan ahead), consistency (good tone throughout), and energy into your banjo breaks and you look like a million dollars on stage. The fans will adore your style.
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