Learning Bluegrass Banjo Is All In the Wrist, Says New Banjos Direct Banjolog Writer

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Beginner banjo players should focus on their picking hand and practicing rolls to learn bluegrass rather than getting caught up in studying tabs says the new contributor to the popular Banjolog blog. The new contributor to Banjo Direct's popular 'Banjolog' blog is Garry Richardson, a regular writer about his adventures in learning to play bluegrass banjo. The blog features articles of interest to all banjo players and in particular to people wanting to buy banjos for the first time.

If I could travel back in time and change one thing about how I set about learning to play Bluegrass Banjo it would be to pay more attention to what I was doing with my picking hand.

Garry's articles for the banjo shop blog will advise readers how to buy banjos as well as how to play them.

"Garry writes in a really accessible way about how to buy a banjo and learning to play banjo, with straightforward and engaging explanations and advice, and he does it from the perspective of someone actually on the banjo journey themselves," said Banjos Direct founder Simon Middleton.

Garry Richardson's first article for Banjos Direct is titled "Bluegrass: It's all in the wrist."

Richardson explains in the article that beginners should focus on their picking hand:

"If I could travel back in time and change one thing about how I set about learning to play Bluegrass Banjo it would be to pay more attention to what I was doing with my picking hand. However I just dived in, focusing on learning the notes with little regard to technique. Sadly, unless you stumble on the right way to hold your wrist by accident you are unlikely to ever achieve the speed and quality of playing you are trying to emulate."

It's also important, says the banjo writer, to practice often, in short bursts: "Practice your rolls daily, as they will become the foundation of your playing. You don't need to practice for hours, 10 minutes will do, and as you practice focus on reducing the amount of movement your fingers are making (the more your fingers move the longer it takes to play a note)."

The full article can be read on the Banjos Direct Banjolog.

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Banjos Direct is the UK's fastest-growing specialist banjo retailer and manufacturer, leading the renaissance of interest in the banjo amongst players of every age and background. The Norwich-based company is the UK's leading stockist of USA banjo brands GoldTone and NechvilleIt has recently announced its move into banjo manufacturing with the launch of the all-British made Islander OB-01.

Founder and CEO of Banjos Direct, Simon Middleton, is also frontman of English-Americana band The Proposition, whose debut album King Snake, Devil Shake was released in March this year. Middleton is the author of several books on branding and marketing, including 'Build A Brand In 30 Days' and the new guide to personal branding 'Brand New You'.

Find Banjos Direct at http://www.banjosdirect.co.uk.

Email: info(at)banjosdirect(dot)co(dot)uk

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