Thank goodness I have found your site! I have just watched the “from the neck up” part and I like the detail you go into. I will watch the separate video on changing strings later.
I have no musical talent and I have never played an instrument. What is the best thing to do or learn first? I suppose you might make mention of this in your 10 part series.
I have also read and began practicing your note on the roll’s. I am getting better and better every minute, I think. I know what you mean that your fingers will remember what they have done before.
I bought an epiphone MB-100. It was $179 and I bought a chromatic tuner, some finger picks, and a banjo tablature note book. When I got home I noticed that the bottom of the bridge that is closest to the pot has a bit of wood that has been chipped off…could that be a problem?
I am soo thankful that I found you and can’t wait to learn the banjo!
You are certainly on the right track. There are two areas where you need to start working.
1. Start with learning the three basic chords G, C, and D.
2. Start learning the three main roll patterns. Forward roll, backward roll, and alternating roll.
Once you can play these chords and rolls together while switching back and forth between rolls and chords then you have mastered step one and your ready to progress.
We are covering all of this and much more in the 10 part beginner banjo lesson series as you know. I’m glad to hear that you’re already having some success with the rolls. This is the toughest part for most people.
Folks tend to be very familiar with making chords because of other instruments but the rolling thing can be a totally new subject. Just don’t let it overwhelm you. It’s quite simple you just will have to master the timing of the roll in the end.
Here’s the secret:
If you forget everything we teach, remember this, it’s all about the timing and the melody. That’s the key to banjo playing (good timing, communicate the melody, and have fun in the process)!
About the wood chipped off of your bridge, it’s probably not that big of an issue on a beginner instrument; however, they are very easy to replace and don’t cost that much. I recommend a Snuffy Smith bridge. That’s what I currently use and I think they have an outstanding sound.
Thanks for a great question! Keep on picking and keep us updated on your progress.
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