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Greg giving a lesson at the barn.

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Albums: AEBG 2014

Comment by Strumelia on July 1, 2014 at 11:15am

Ah, I was hoping/wondering if anyone got a pic of that CornShuckingJig lesson by Greg- it was well attended- obviously much appreciated by all.  I'd love to see one common tune each day, taught to people on a very basic novice level.  Then every beginner could go home from the weekend with at least three good tunes under their belt to feel good about.   :)

Comment by Barbara Mullin on July 1, 2014 at 7:19pm

Scott Danneker sent me this photo.. maybe he has more of other lessons. 

I think Greg was teaching Old Dan Tucker in this one.

I have some photos  of the weekend which I'll post when I get a chance.Your idea of learning one tune a day at the gathering is a good one. Maybe you would teach one next year ??? ;o}

Comment by Barbara Mullin on July 1, 2014 at 7:37pm

Hi Lisa.  I came across your 'Mary Blane' on YouTube and really like the tune.

This is probably something really simple but I can't figure out why my tuning is flat compared to yours. My banjo is tuned dGDF#A but, for example, where it appears you play the open A string, I have to play A# to play the melody.  Is it the length of the neck.. Thanks!  ~ Clueless 

Mary Blane

Comment by Strumelia on July 1, 2014 at 8:27pm

Hi Barbara, it appears I was tuned a half step higher than I intended for that video I made a year ago.  I wasn't paying enough attention apparently!   sorry for the confusion-  Just tune to dGDF#A or eAEG#B, and you'll be fine.   :)

Keep in mind that I'm a beginner myself in stroke style, not qualified to be teaching it.  But maybe one day either of us, if we keep at it.   :)

Comment by Barbara Mullin on July 2, 2014 at 4:43am

Thanks, Lisa.   I'll try the eEG#B.  It seems easier to play that way..and I can't get the chord that's played ( strum strum strum ........ )  after the first eight measures  ..:o]

Comment by Strumelia on July 2, 2014 at 8:52am

You play that chord with only the end of your thumb- and alternate the thumb direction-  down, up, down....down, up, down.  Keep that strum light pressure, breezy- the strings will resonate nicely.  That thumb strum with alternating direction occurs often in tunes.

Comment by Barbara Mullin on July 2, 2014 at 10:05am
Oh..it's not the strum itself...what I meant was I can't get the same chord/notes/sound making up that strum interval...I'll try the other tuning when I get home....darn it.!..at work til four :-)
Comment by Strumelia on July 2, 2014 at 12:01pm

Sorry Barbara but I'm not understanding what you mean.  Plus, both dGDF#A or eAEG#B are really the same tuning- just that they arer one step higher or lower., so you can play in G or A keys.

Comment by Barbara Mullin on July 2, 2014 at 6:56pm

Nope..sorry.. my confusion.... you said you were tuned a half step higher and I lost track of that.

That's what I get for checking emails during the day !! ...  :o}

Thanks again for your patience...


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