Tony will give advice and point out some of the benefits and also the trappings of playing while standing up. Very commonly banjo players need to play standing up in a group setting, it's common for Bluegrass bands to gather around a single microphone so learning how to play comfortably while standing is an essential skill to develope.
(banjo plays)…- You may notice me standing.…This is something that really needs to be addressed,…especially for beginners, I think mostly because…there's a tendency just to be sitting when you're playing.…If you're sitting around the house…and you're watching videos, and working with a slide…or just sitting and playing in front of the television…or whatever, a lot of people just sit.…
At some point, you may need to go to a jam session…and suddenly you've gotta put on your banjo and be standing.…It's just a whole other thing, standing.…When you're sitting, your neck tends…to be angled up a little more like this, generally.…You can look at the fingerboard, you can see the frets,…you can see the inlays and you have a better idea…of what you're doing.…As soon as you strap it on, the whole thing changes.…And, really you can just about see…only the dots on the neck.…(banjo plays)…It's a whole different thing,…especially if you're up the neck.…
Down here it's not as much of an issue.…The whole feeling changes.…Obviously, you need a strap if you're gonna do this.…
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- Separating notes
- Playing with others
- Using the capo
- Playing hammer-ons and pull-offs
- Playing variations on classic tunes
- Minding your posture
- Training your ear
- Building speed
Skill Level Beginner
1. Playing with Others
2. Basic Embellishments
3. Variations on Basic Tunes
4. Posture and Ear Training
5. Playing Up the Neck and Building Speed
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