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Playing Since: 2012
Experience Level: Novice
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Short-scale G five-string banjo by Backyard music. Two of them, actually: One for home, one for work. When I want a bigger sound, a Deering Goodtime "Parlor" banjo--also short scale in G.
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Thursday, June 1, 2017 @9:55:26 PM
Last week I had my first ever fun performances at The Fiddler's Dream open stage. I was curious whether I'd be able to repeat that, or would my next performance be all nerves and shaky fingers like usual. I almost didn't go tonight--it was such a busy day that I'd have to skip dinner to make it, and anyone who sees my stomach will understand that I do not like to skip dinner. But I decided to go anyhow. I bought a cookie and a bottle of water, called it dinner, and waited for my turn to play.
Just like last time, I could feel the nerves building up while I waited. My first song was "Sad Banjo Player," which is some lyrics I wrote to the tune of Red Rocking Chair, poking fun at my love of insanely sad songs. I didn't pick it especially well, but I mostly kept the rhythm going, and everyone was laughing at the funny lyrics so the picking didn't matter much. I had plenty of nerves, but they didn't keep me from playing and I enjoyed making people laugh.
The second time up I played Prodigal Town by Robert Hunter. A sad song, of course. I played it really well, with just a few mistakes in the last verse that I doubt anyone heard. I don't think I went into it with any nerves at all, which may be a first for me. The audience usually doesn't get to see me play well--they've just seen the mess that nerves make of my playing--so it felt great to finally show them what I sound like when I play well.
Stage fright was on the ropes again. It'll be interesting to see what the next round holds.
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