The final frontier for many players is being able to "play fast." Tony will teach you some very helpful methods in this lesson to build up your speed without comprimising a good sound and tone.
- [Tony Trischka] One thing that may have attracted you…to Bluegrass banjo in the first place,…is the speed of the playing.…(fast banjo picking)…Well, you may not be playing quite that fast yet,…but, one thing that can really help you…to build up speed... well, there are a couple of things.…If you're playing with people,…sometimes just having someone outside of you…playing a fast guitar thing can help you build up,…just to keep up with it.…You usually need something outside yourself…if you've kind of hit the wall, in terms of your speed,…you'll need something outside yourself…to bring you to the next level.…
If you don't have people to play with,…you can sometimes play along with a recording.…And I have experienced this myself sometimes,…Just if I want to try to play really fast,…I'll take some recording from Flatt and Scruggs,…from early on, or Bill Monroe from the 40s or something…and just use that as a thing to push me…to keep the speed up.…But a metronome is... or a drum machine…is a really excellent way to 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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