List of Goals for the week:
Warm Up: Index finger accuracy workout
Technique: Playing with other people, playing with a bass player
Paragraph summary of what was covered in class
Today we worked on reviewing the various techniques we’ve learned in class, including slides, pull-offs, hammer-ons, and general index finger accuracy. We also did some listening to some banjo/fiddle music recordings to try to understand the role of clawhammer banjo. We broke up into pairs to work on playing music in different settings.
Assignment for next week
Keep working on Cripple Creek and Hop High Ladies WITH THE METRONOME!
How to Practice this at home
Our target tempo is 134 beats per minute. You can set your metronome to 134 and think of the clicks as quarter notes, or to 67 and think of the clicks as half notes, or you can just use the play-along here in this week’s recap. Work your way up to this tempo by playing along with the recording from the week 6 recap, or play slowly on your own. You can speed it up once you feel like you’ve mastered playing it slowly. Move up gradually in tempo. You can google “online metronome” if you don’t have one and use the website that comes up.
Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams