|Petersburg performance, 6/14/13.|
Me, Margaret, Kathy, Ken and Mark (L to R). Photo by Willie Graham.
These of course include continuing to work on various trebles, triplets, hammer-ons, small chords/double stops and arpeggio variations, along with scale exercises. Enda Scahill covers this really well in his Irish Banjo Tutor and the concepts can be applied to all tunes once you grasp them. Another good exercise to transposing tunes to a lower or higher octave, and/or transposing certain phrases or tunes into other keys or modes.
|Mighty Session at Midnight Brewery 6/15/13!|
15 musicians and counting! Photo by Rick Sanderson.
I dig it when fiddlers get into Liz Carroll or accordion players get into Jacky Daly, for example, and then learn a lot of their tunes. I'm almost ready for an influence like that. Mine would be Angelina Carberry's An Traidisiun Beo CD. I'd like to eventually make it a ritual of trying to soak up the tunes on that album, in her style. For Oldtime, I could do the same type of thing with the Alan Jabbour and Ken Perlman album Southern Summits.
Finally, or maybe at the top of my list, is learning the reel The Green Mountain. It keeps showing up on CDs I am listening to. I'm not sure if people locally play it, but I've got so many great versions of it collected - completely by random - that the tune must be calling out to me. Today however, I am just going to relax and watch the US Open golf tournament with my dad. I might play a little bit this evening to keep my fingers moving and continue my pledge to practice every day, but I will start fresh and focused tomorrow ready to apply some of the above mentioned tactics.