Improvising: The First Stage: Alrighty now! You’ve been playing banjo for a couple of years, and you want to cross that scary bridge into improvising. You’ve learned your tunes by ear, you’ve learned your chords, and you are ready. Now what? How do you begin? Never fear! We will guide you!
We will show you how to use licks you already know to play songs you don’t know. You apply these licks to the chord pattern of the song, and voila! You are playing the song. Each of these songs builds on the one before it. A tried and true method used successfully by many of our students. The songs and licks are easy, but don’t try to move too fast. You need time to digest the differences.
Blue Ridge Cabin Home, Bury Me Beneath The Willow, Foggy Mountain Top, Your Love Is Like A Flower, Mama Don't Allow, On and On, Lonesome Road Blues (low break), and Roll On Buddy. (1 hour, 50 minutes)
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Hi Murphy, I recently started with the slow jam DVD, as I was getting tired of just learning breaks. I have always wanted to be the kind of banjo player who could do more than just play songs he knows. I really want to be able to play with others, regardless of what they play. So, needless to say, I have been thrilled with the slow jamming! But, then I opened my new Improvising DVD, today. WOW! This is some seriously good stuff, Murphy. This is what I have been looking for. My gut feeling has always been that I could use these licks in other songs, but to actually see it work is nothing short of amazing! When I finish the DVD, I am going to try it with some songs my buddy and I perform. You, your family and your Method, ROCK, Murphy! Thanks so much.
--Michael, Farmington, Maine