Sunday, April 3, 2011

Old Molly Hare

Welcome to the first group recital for Banjo Equinox 2011! So for this first go-around, all we do is post videos of our first tune. This is not a contest, nor is it anything you should feel like you are being measured on or against! It is simply a chance to show each other our music, and to see how we are coming along as the weeks progress. In eight weeks you'll be amazed that you're the same person in that first video. I promise. Even if your songs are clumsy now, keep with us and by firefly time this summer you'll be frailing like a front-porch superstar. And no need to apologize or feel sheepish for your music either. For some of you, this is your first instrument ever! Be darn proud of yourselves for the home schooling and homebrewed music! And remember, one of you video posters will win a copy of Banjo Camp, the beginner's book and cultural manifesto I love so much. I'll pick a random winner when all the videos are in, so check back to see if it is you.

Here's my Old Molly Hare. I need to work on keeping my hands closer to the strings, but it's still music. I can't wait to hear all of you, keep plucking!


Blogger Geode said...

Here's my version ;)

April 3, 2011 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

You guys are making me want to get a banjo!

April 3, 2011 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Mama said...

At the risk of totally embarrassing myself, here is my video.

April 3, 2011 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

AHH! I'm not ready! I must have a terrible sense of timing or something because I can play the song (slowly, about 1/2 to 3/4 speed) if I'm going along with the disc but otherwise it doesn't sound like the song to me when I play it.
I wonder if I should record it and then play it back to see if I am just having trouble hearing it when I'm playing it alone because it's so slow...
(I don't suppose it counts as a proper entry if I have to have the song playing to get the rhythm/timing right, does it?)

April 3, 2011 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger ta2mee said...

Wow, good job you guys, I'm so jealous I want a banjo :)

April 3, 2011 at 10:06 PM  
Blogger Greentwinsmummy said...

You are so clever Jenna!!I havent tme to watch the others yet but I will later {grin}
Its a frosty start here in Dorset England, I have just got in from checking the flock and opening up hens and am stood here with a steaming mug of Earl Grey, your music was the perfect addition to my morning!
GTM x x x

April 4, 2011 at 1:55 AM  
Blogger Coley said...

Here is mine!

April 4, 2011 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger Odd Ducks Farm said...

Here's mine. Be kind. :o)

P.S. Jenna, do your comments allow embed codes? Or only links?

April 4, 2011 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Odd Ducks Farm said...

Everyone looks so nervous! (Me too.) I imagine we'll loosen up over time.

Good job everyone!

April 4, 2011 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger Dani said...

You're so fast Jenna! Way to go!

April 4, 2011 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Wow! Everybody sounds so good! I have the same problem as Ozy, I can only play it at about 1/2 the speed that it should be. I'll try to get my video up tomorrow.

April 4, 2011 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

everyone does sound good! Holy crow!

it's not about speed, it's about practice. Your hands and mind will speed up the more you play. You have to play it about twenty times in a row a few times a day to train your memory!

Geode, yours sounds magical with whatever little extra flip you throw in there? How much experience do you have?

KM: I loved it! don't be so shy!

Ozy and other half-pacers: post away! You will love watching it a few weeks down the road!

Odd Ducks, you are wonderful! Is this new to you as well?

April 4, 2011 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger Odd Ducks Farm said...

I've been playing guitar for a long time, but this is definitely my first foray into banjo and I LOVE IT!!!

April 4, 2011 at 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goodness gracious, everyone sounds AMAZING. I can't get my hands around a banjo right now, but I have been wanting to learn how for AGES.


April 4, 2011 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Jennifer D said...

Everyone sounds so great!!! You all should be very proud of yourselves. Very inspirational, actually...

April 4, 2011 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger Pixie said...

All the videos are amazing!! I made the mistake of ordering the banjo book from some small place online and didn't receive it so today the I ordered from Amazon...i'm practicing though and hope to catch up with all of you!!

April 4, 2011 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Mama said...

Nervous is right, Odd Ducks. I mean, writing on-line is one thing... posting a video of oneself??? Ack. I hope it gets easier, too.

I think everyone looks great. It's nice to see others playing and now I see that I really need to work on my "claw" hand.

April 4, 2011 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Here's mine, cringeworthy as it is. My video recording equipment consists of my cell phone propped up against a coffee mug.

April 4, 2011 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger Geode said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who is very camera shy...this is why I was looking at my fretting hand the entire time without looking forward. Love seeing the videos--amazing!

Jenna, I added a few little hammer-ons in the beginning of that song...I'm not very experienced at all, but since I first got my banjo I've practiced that frailing strum A LOT. This was my first song that I tried using drop thumb and double thumb.

April 4, 2011 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

Okay ya'll. Here's me.
So there is some mess ups. Oh my gosh! When I suddenly sat down to play for everyone my hands went sweaty and seemed to forget everything. I definitely still need to practice my claw but truth be told, I'm not being majorly anal about it. That's the beauty of music. We make it our own. :-)

April 4, 2011 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

Great job everyone! I think everyone rocks just for willing to post videos of themselves!!!

April 4, 2011 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

I'm having some trouble getting a video without my enthusiastic and loud children in it, but soon! I am nowhere near where most of you are I'm afraid, but I had to post something so I don't wuss out and not do the video. :/

April 4, 2011 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

The moment the kids were happily playing in their room, the dogs decided it was their time. :-) Can't wait to see your video

April 4, 2011 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger Firecracker Farm said...

Well, I have only been playing since Friday, (Thanks again for the banjo, Dad!) But I am practicing like mad and I think I am actually having bouts of progress!
So much fun to hear (and see) you all.
Come heck or high water I will be posting some video soon - though I am very, very nervous about it!

April 4, 2011 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger Rachael said...

Well here it is. Please be kind. I just got home from a 14 hour day and haven't had much time to practice (less than 3 days). And it didn't seem to upload to YouTube quite right. Oh well! Here we go!

April 4, 2011 at 11:46 PM  
Blogger Summer said...

Well done .....Keep on pickin' practice makes perfect ....And make sure you take the dog along with you !!

April 5, 2011 at 12:04 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

ok, lord help me

you are all rocking!

April 5, 2011 at 12:26 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

You all sound amazing! Love hearing everyone play, it gives me confidence that someday I will be able to do this too. Will be starting my foray into stringed instruments with the dulcimer though. My man is building me one this summer! So excited. Is there going to be a dulcimer equinox down the road Jenna? Maybe this fall?

April 5, 2011 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger mommypie said...

Here's my true beginner version. I never noticed I don't keep my hand in the claw position until watching the video...

April 5, 2011 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger Odd Ducks Farm said...

I think your comment at the beginning of your video is the best, mommypie. "It sounds like a banjo!" That it does. Good job! :o)

April 5, 2011 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger Bovey Belle said...

Oh well done - I clapped at the end. Hope you heard me!!

April 5, 2011 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger Bovey Belle said...

P.S. I listened to all of you, btw, and now I have Banjo Envy . . . though all I have ever played on any musical instrument is the theme tune to Wagon Train on the black keys of a piano!!

April 5, 2011 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Sorry mine's a little late! i was out of town for the weekend. I realized AFTER i recorded it that my banjo was not very in-tune when I recorded the song, but it sounds OK i think.
People have said i play fast, but it's not because i'm very good; i realized that i mess up a lot more when i play slow. So i just go as fast as i can so i don't think about it too much! Let muscle memory do it's thing, like Jenna was talking about.

April 5, 2011 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

Julie, I couldn't watch your vid. :-( It says the video is private.

April 5, 2011 at 7:41 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

I love all of these videos so much. SO MUCH!

April 5, 2011 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Sorry it didn't work earlier....this one should work. Thanks for the heads-up Tami.

April 6, 2011 at 12:05 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

I agree with Julie. Sometimes it's better for me to go a little faster so I don't worry so much. But it's not great for my positioning!

April 6, 2011 at 12:09 AM  
Blogger mommypie said...

It sounds beautiful, Julie, and I love your smile at the end! Banjos are just so great.

April 6, 2011 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

Took me long enough, but I finally got a video and actually uploaded it. Sorry about the kids and wind chimes in the background, but at least you can still hear my painfully slow and inexpert playing over them. ;)

Amber's Old Molly Hare video

April 17, 2011 at 6:46 PM  

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