Regular readers have probably noticed me posting some musical interludes this year. Most of you are kind enough not to comment. I post these not as a path to stardom but as a way of allowing some insight into things that I enjoy. I have been playing with a folk music club on Sunday nights for the last year or so. Some weeks we have 15 or 20 pickers. Some weeks there could be 40. Believe it or not, I have actually been practicing both my picking and singing. Posting them is really more a sharing of songs that I like that you may not have heard than anything else but I have learned a few things that I can apply in other areas.
If you can't sing, sing anyway.
If you REALLY can't sing, sing louder. You will sound better and may drown out some of your critics.
A good steady rhythm is more important than always picking the right string.
If you screw it up, keep going.
When it's your turn, stand up and play. Nobody wants to wait while you try to tune a banjo.
Every note in the scale is equally important. Some because you put them in, some because you leave them out.
You will never play like Lester, Earl, or Mississippi John. If you try you will be a poor imitation. Play it your own way. It's just a song .
You can't buy skill or talent. Get some reasonably good equipment then quit shopping and start practicing.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great holiday season, a super solstice, and a Merry Christmas.