jacob69’s one hundred and thirty-three comments

  • Re: What do you respond if someone who is extemely condescending about learning from dots asks where you learned a tune?

    Offer to help them learn to read. more…

  • Re: Deaf/hard of hearing trad music lovers

    I've got fairly typical age related hearing loss nowhere near as bad as Trish's above. more…

  • Re: Getting kids started

    whistle or recorder get them hands on - having fun and making noises, playing tunes they already know. Baa baa black sheep etc etc. Better if you can accompany with a bass line or something so they can hear and participate in the interaction and harmony.... more…

  • Re: Lonesome John

    Same tune played the other way around. Fretless banjo. more…

  • Re: Stretching before and after playing

    I think these stretches are good, not just for guitarists. Except I think stretching afterwards is more important than before practice - undoing the tensions and cramped positions you have been forcing yourself into. more…

  • Re: Fingering or tonguing

    The worst option is to tongue every note - which some beginners do and then find the habit hard to break. This can turn a gentle lyrical tune into a jerky robotic dance. more…

  • Re: A practice technique

    I think the "conventional" way is to start learning at the beginning and work through to the end. The danger is the earlier parts may get well rehearsed and repeated more often than the later parts, so breaking the sequence up makes good sense. more…

  • Re: Plectrum banjo?

    Bit of everything but mostly ITM and EFDSS tunes. Guitar or banjo chord bashing is a bit redundant with many of these tunes but melody is good. Guitar too quiet for melody. more…

  • Re: Plectrum banjo?

    We are a large but very amateurish band and 5st banjo frailing chords (picking/strumming) works well, but in a smaller group (with any ability!) could be too loud. more…

  • Re: Plectrum banjo?

    Because it's been suggested that the sound quality of the longer neck is more attractive. I know what this means as I do 5 string and it's a much nicer sound than the plinky plonk of a short neck instrument. And louder. more…