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  • This is testing the water really, I'm not sure if the idea is as accessible as the art club thread on here which is really inspiring at the moment but I thought I'd try... I'm an enthusiastic amateur musician and I'm taking this enforced break from normality as an opportunity to try and improve. Generally speaking I play guitar and am learning the banjo, so I'm doing some focussed practice for both of these, but I'm really trying to get over my hang-ups and improve my singing. I feel like I can hold a tune at times but under 'pressured' situations (folk club singarounds/playing in front of people generally) it immediately leaves me and I flounder helplessly in a sea of tunelessness. So, my proposal is anyone else who is trying to learn/improve at an instrument (or would like to), would be interested in a community vibe of support, learning and encouragement and would be up for posting the occasional video/audio here and taking part in some tasks/challenges, let me know if there's any interest, I'll put some more thought into it and we'll see where we go? The sort of thing I was imagining was:

    • pick a song you've never played before and learn it/put together a version of it in an hour?
    • try and learn a tune by ear
    • pick a song you can already play and do it in a different genre/style
    • participants pick songs for each other to learn

    But I really have no idea if/how this could work so more than happy if anyone with more experience fancied stepping up or had ideas to offer. The general idea should be any instrument, any ability level, any genre of music, taking the plunge and putting yourself out there and a 100% supportive environment.

    So, in the name of everything I've just said, here is the first video I've ever taken of myself trying to sing something. Its an old folk tune I love. But don't worry, this is the very abbreviated version. No-one needs the 189 verses with numerous deaths, deceits and unnecessary dances... especially not of me singing it...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0av9mGj­liE

  • Brilliant performance.
    Lovely guitar and singing.
    Love the song in various versions. Agree the Waterboys version is great fun

    Black Jack Davey, Bob Dylan sings this, is also part of the same tradition.

    I may attempt Doc Watson St James Hospital if I get the courage. Another multi interpreted folk trop

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