I’ve recently taken up playing Old Time clawhammer banjo again. I’ve taken several runs at it over the last 10 years or so, but keep giving it up after a month or three, letting it lie dormant for a few years, then pulling it back out and trying again.
This time, in just about 5 weeks, I’ve gotten MUCH, MUCH further in my learning than ever before. Maybe the old stuff stays there and I DO build on it, even after 2 years of not really thinking about it much (other than with regret).
So, this time I’m making more progress and also not trying to so exclusively steep myself in Old Time music to the exclusion of all else (as I’ve done with my last attempts). I AM listening to a lot of Old Time (I DO enjoy it), but not exclusively.
I’ve only worked from tabs I’ve found online along with a number of instructional videos I’ve found online. I’m not really to the point of learning anything by ear from source material just yet, but I can definitely see that on the horizon. In the meantime, I’m enjoying learning some Old Time “standards” and working on my technique.