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Video 1: Tuesday Night Session, Week 1
Video 2: Bonus Video: Earl Scruggs, Will You Be Loving Another Man?
Ron Block Online Banjo Workshop
Week I – Advancing Through Fundamentals,
Mostly Right Hand
I. Playing Is Easy – The Art Of Releasing Tension.
A. The Relationship Between Fear and Tension
B. Lego Blocks: Deconstruct & Reconstruct
C. Right Hand Exercise: Push String, Twang,
Release Finger Tension
D. Left Hand Exercise: Tapping With No Pressure
II. How I Practice Timing And Feel
A. Metronome/Drum Machine:
The Space Between The Notes
2. Drive: What Is It?
B. Recordings: Bluegrass Feel – Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs,
Jimmy Martin, Stanley Brothers, Osborne Brothers,
J.D. Crowe, et cetera
C. Solo: Our Internal Sense Of Time
1. Record Yourself Often
A. Scale of 1 to 10 – Soft to Loud
1. Center around 4 or 5
2. Practicing Dynamically
A. Right Hand Position
1. As Little Tension As Necessary
2. Efficient Form: The Big Knuckle
3. How Far From The Bridge? How Close?
V. Questions & Answers