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Antietam Early Banjo Gathering - June 2015

Well, here goes... my first attempt playing in a public setting... at the Dunker Church at AEBG .. the audience was very kind! ;o}
Thanks to Jared Denhard for getting me up there...

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Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on July 4, 2015 at 12:12pm

That sounded really good, great demonstration on bone accompaniment, slow so I could herar the rhythm patterns, and  John great advice and in that order... I have realized how important it is to be well acquainted with the music you wish to play. when you have it down its effortless to play it in front of others,...get a set of songs and practice practice practice until its logged to memory and have fun :)

Comment by Barbara Mullin on July 4, 2015 at 1:34pm

Yes, thanks to Greg for agreeing to join us and carrying us through.  Though I doubt Jared would've had any trouble with tempo!   And thanks for all the advice and encouraging comments. I'm going to try playing with a metronome. 

I was mostly oblivious to everything except the fact that my fingers were doing something independent of what they otherwise knew so well.  When I felt I had gained a little control over them, I tried picking up the tempo to what I thought it should be.   So my  question is, when that happens, is it best to keep the same tempo, rather than picking/perking it up in the middle ?  When playing with my old time groups, I understand it's best to follow the fiddle. 

Comment by Jared Denhard on July 4, 2015 at 10:01pm

oh no, I was probably rushing! Although we did decide to speed up at the end, but I was frazzled by the bridge pop, I'm sure! 

Comment by Al Smitley on July 5, 2015 at 10:15am

The tempo increase seemed pre-planned to me.

Comment by Jared Denhard on July 5, 2015 at 10:38am

Ja, we were trying to copy Rhiannon, a little... but she really takes off!


Comment by Barbara Mullin on July 5, 2015 at 10:56am

Obviously,  I was clueless .. being mesmerized by my disembodied fingers   :oD

Comment by Al Smitley on July 5, 2015 at 10:57am

Ha! I don't remember anything about my presentation, either. It's as though I was asleep!

Comment by Barbara Mullin on July 5, 2015 at 11:01am

Ah! Yes!  Now I remember you talking about Rhiannon's presentation at the barn... ;o}

It was all I could do to remember to count repeats...!

Comment by Barbara Mullin on July 5, 2015 at 11:05am

Al, your presentation went over fine.. and your brain was connected to your mouth.

No trace of sleep walking..


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