Breaking Down "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"
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|Then one night, whilst cramming for a Poli-Sci final, I had my banjo
close by and was practicing during (frequent) breaks. I had a turntable
with the "Foggy Mountain Banjo" LP on it. The turntable
had a 16 RPM setting. So there I was, listening intently to Cripple
Creek at half speed and an octave low — if anyone had walked
in, they would have thought I had gone around the bend. But I figured
it out, slowly, note by note, and my banjo playing life was changed
Now, in an effort to save other people from the trouble I went through,
I teach. I start with the basics.
Is the banjo at least semi-decent to begin with? (Many aren't.)
Is it set up properly? Do you have picks and know how to wear them
properly? (Don't be ashamed, it's really counter-intuitive.) Then
it's on to open string rolls, a few basic chords and licks,
and finally (dat da da DAAAA!) Cripple Creek!
Still one of my all-time favorites. You'd think I'd be sick of that
song by now, but I love it.
So now you know that (and why) I play and teach banjo, but I want
this site to be more than an advertisement for me. Here I'll be
posting tabs, audio and video files, offering helpful hints, displaying
pictures of my instruments and generally attempting to indulge my love for the
banjo and hopefully increase yours.
And maybe along the way, you (or someone you know) might want
lessons. I can do that.