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Playing Since: 2005
Experience Level: Novice
Occupation: Telecom Technician
Washburn B-17, Fender FB300, Supertone open back
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Last Visit 6/3/2013
I have always liked the sound of Bluegrass music ever since I was a kid growing up in Southern Indiana, but never tried to play it until I got into my 40's. I grew up as a “band geek” starting in junior high school and all the way into my first year of college – my primary instruments being in the percussion family, but I also dabbled in brass and woodwinds.
Also, in the mid-1970’s I taught myself to play electric bass by ear while listening to records and 8-track tapes of various bands I liked at the time. I progressed to 6 string electric and 12 string acoustic guitar. I played in several bands that met in garages and basements around my home town. Playing music was fun, but most of the guys I played with seemed to be more interested in mind-altering experiences and less about putting together a good sound. I didn’t want to do drugs since at the time I was interested in a career in law enforcement, so refusing to partake meant I didn’t get invited back to play very often.
I sold all of my instruments in the mid-1980’s to help purchase my first motorcycle. But, I missed making music and after playing nothing for almost 20 years, I hinted to my wife that I would like to learn to play the banjo some day. For Christmas in 2005, my wife bought me my first banjo, a Fender FB300. I immediately went to work teaching myself to play Scruggs-style 3-finger picking and banjohangout.org was a huge help to me. It has been a great place to locate tablature for the songs I want to learn.
My wife surprised me on Christmas 2006 with a new Washburn B-17, which is now my primary banjo. I have also come into possession of an old Supertone, open back banjo, which I have personally restored and play from time to time.
I play primarily for my own amusement and have no aspirations of playing professionally. I hope to find other Bluegrass enthusiasts to share knowledge and experience with on this site.
I am employed in the electric utility business and I spend a lot of time on the road. I currently spend most of my drive time listening to Bluegrass Junction on SiriusXM channel 61. I get lots of ideas of songs I'd like to learn to play this way. Now, if I could only find enough practice time...