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This one was really hard to record. Or, maybe it was just hard to play correctly! Regardless, the Red Sox won tonight and I though this was an appropriate ti...

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Comment by Bell Banjos on April 14, 2013 at 8:02pm

You got it.

Comment by Valerie Diaz Leroy on April 14, 2013 at 8:28pm

Thanks. Now all I need is a Bell & Sons banjo...Shhh-don't tell my husband I keep posting about wanting another banjo. 

Comment by Greg Adams on April 14, 2013 at 8:29pm
Nice job, Valerie!!! Keep it going!
Comment by Tim Twiss on April 14, 2013 at 8:35pm

When you do get one, you'll be amazed with the difference....especially with the "feel"...then tension and diameter of strings. I sense a real flacid feel to your steel strings tuned down as you play. You're playing the stuff really well. No problem with your execution or the feel.

Comment by Valerie Diaz Leroy on April 14, 2013 at 8:46pm

Thanks Greg! And, thank you for introducing me to this world. I've been reading so much. I can't talk about the banjo now with out adding in some bits of history. 

Tim-thank you, that's good to know! Your book has been so helpful.

Comment by Tim Twiss on April 14, 2013 at 8:57pm

Your determination and technique you are developing will make a switch to a Minstrel fretless a total cakewalk.

Comment by Strumelia on April 14, 2013 at 9:04pm

Wow, I can't believe how quickly you are progressing, Valerie!   Amazing.    =8-D

That sounds just great, and you have the down picking going now.  Just great.

How can you stay so cool and even smiling while recording?- I get so rattled when the camera is on.  It must be your 'teacher experience' being in front of kids all day.   ;)

Just tell your husband the truth- that the new banjo is going to be ordered but it won't be ready for months.  Worked for me.   heh heh...

Comment by Valerie Diaz Leroy on April 15, 2013 at 5:11am
Well, I'm having a lot of fun and this community has been nothing but helpful.
Strumelia, I'm actually laughing at my mistakes in the video. What looks like a smile is really my frustration. I recorded this many times with some choice language overpowering my playing. This really was tough for me to nail down.
Comment by Strumelia on April 15, 2013 at 8:05am

Oh well I feel a little better knowing you had to make multiple recording attempts...that's more like me!   ;)

Comment by Ron on April 15, 2013 at 9:32am

well done sounds fine, and your smile brightens

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