How to Use a Metronome to Learn a Jig

John Holcombe
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When you are learning a new jig, do you often have trouble staying “on the beat” because you are using all of your concentration just to play all of the melody notes, gracenotes and embellishments correctly? Then, after you get those pesky things out of the way, are you still having trouble getting that “jig feel”? Using a metronome during your practice may well be a useful tool for you.

How Slow is Slow? Part 5

Mark Olson
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Practicing slowly is a means to an end. It is the foundation of good musicianship and is recognized by many musical disciplines as a technique that you can use to develop your musical skills. By practicing slowly, you give yourself time to execute each melody note and embellishment accurately and evenly.

Banjo Breakdown - Part 2

Andrew Douglas
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Just like the 1st part, the 2nd part bounces between A-major chords (using A's, C's, and E's) and a D-major chords (A's, D's, F's). It uses a lot of "recycled" material, meaning you should be able to learn it quite efficiently!