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For enthusiasts of early banjo

I just discovered a tool others already know about, but it is new to me and WOW

what a powerful combination!  I am speaking about the audio management

programs that are available which allow you to slow down an audio file and keep

its tonality intact. I am really making headway now.


I play the CD which comes with the "Early Banjo" book by Tim. and I can slow the

playing down to where I can learn to keep up with him, then I speed it up bit by bit

and finally get up to the speed he's playing.


If our Early Banjo Teachers who wrote the tutors could see us now!!


If anyone wishes to learn to play early banjo The Book By Tim In combination with a little

technology and a LOT of Want TO  will get you there


Happy Easter

Ron H

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Comment by Tim Twiss on March 30, 2013 at 10:24am

Ha...yea, I use "The Amazing Slow Downer"....fabulous, and true sound. Also varies the pitch. Makes doing "slow versions" obsolete. One person's slow...is too quick for another.

Comment by Scott Johnson on March 30, 2013 at 1:09pm

Slow down programs can be a good learning tool and great fun to play around with. ( hey, I can sound almost as good as Tim when I slow him down to 1/4 speed)

Amazing Slow Downer seems to be a good program that is used by a lot of people.

Two other programs you can try for free are VLC media player and Best Practice 1.0.3 .

A lot of people already use VLC as their media player and if you go to the "Media" tab there is a slow (or fast) function that works pretty good.

Best Practice 1.0.3 is another good slow down program that is similar to "The amazing slowdowner" and is a freeware program. It is the one I use and seems to work pretty good.

You can just Google on either one to check them out.

By the way, Tim sounds real.....interesting?.... when you speed him up 3 of 4 times.  :-)

Comment by Valerie Diaz Leroy on March 30, 2013 at 8:32pm

If you're a Mac user the gAssistant app is free. I can't compare it to the other slow down programs, but it is free :)

Comment by Ron on March 31, 2013 at 8:29am

I use Audacity , it is also free


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