The New Method for Tenor Banjo

Tenor Banjo(plectrum), online tutorial by William C. Stahl

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Exercise on the Open Strings                                           13
The letter (D) signifies the down stroke of the plectrum and the (U) the up stroke.
THE ELEMENTARY TREMOLO
The only way we can sustain the tone on the Banjo is with the Tremolo.
The development of the tremolo must begin with the knowledge of the notes,but until the student is somewhat advanced it is best to divide every note one beat long, into four strokes. Thus_down stroke, up stroke, down stroke, up stroke. By following this instruc­tion it is easy to give any note its proper number of strokes by simply considering its length by beats, or parts of a beat. Thus a whole note being four beats long, would receive 16 strokes, a half note 8 and a dotted half 12 strokes. Begin the movement very slowly and little by little increase the speed as directed by the teacher. As the pupil's wrist improves in sup­pleness the teacher can increase the number of strokes from 4 to 8 for each beat. The teacher can judge best when to increase the stroke. To insure the proper placing of the plectrum perpendicularly on the strings, the teacher, during the first lessons must careful­ly direct the pupil's movements.
Exercises on the Open Strings to acqnire the Tremolo and Position






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