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Playing Since: 1979
Experience Level: Just Startin'
Chris Quinn has made 4 recent additions to Banjo Hangout
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- 1935 Gibson Kel Kroydon. Huber HR-30 ring. The maple and ebony neck is probably from the 50's. This is a fantastic banjo!
- Gibson RB-250; a 1974, mahogany neck, two piece flange. It records fantastically, sounds great up and down the neck, the 4th string growls, and the back-up leaps out of it.
- 2007 RK Deco King. A killer banjo that needs to be played in some more.
- 2012 RK Madison. RK-36. A great mahogany neck banjo which stacks up well against banjos worth 4 times the cost. I really love the sound of this banjo; plenty of volume, and the tone will evolve as I continue to play it. I highly recommend these banjos to anyone at any level of playing. Thanks to Greg Rich!
- 2005 Jeff Menzies open-back, fretless
I know this is a long list, but it really includes musicians and music that has been, and continues to be, influential on me.
In the world of bluegrass, real country and old-time: Bill Monroe, Charlie Monroe, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, The Stanley Brothers, The Osborne Brothers, The McCormick Brothers, Buzz Busby, Reno and Smiley, Jim and Jesse, Paul Warren, The Delmore Brothers, Don Stover, Rudy Lyle, Kenny Ingram, J.D. Crowe, Scott Vestal, Bill Emerson, Tom Adams, Steve Huber, Ron Stewart, Tim O'Brien, Junior Huskey, Kenny Baker, Vassar Clements, John Hartford, Charlie Cushman, Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka, Tony Furtado, Craig Smith, Carroll Best, Tim Stafford, Kenny Smith, Norman Blake, Ron Block, Barry Bales, Adam Steffey, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, Jerry Douglas, Mike Compton, David Long, Larry Perkins, David Grier, Tony Rice, Roland White, Richard Bailey, Dirk Powell, Bruce Molsky, George Jones, Buck Owens, Don Rich, Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Keith Whitley. My Bandmates: Chris Coole, Andrew Collins, John Showman, and Max Heineman
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A general howdy.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 @1:42:31 PM
About me. I am a professional bluegrass banjo player and teacher. I grew up listening to Scruggs, Crowe, Stanley, & Hartford; to name only a few. I went through a big Bela Fleck phase (pre-Flecktones); I will again. I play more Scruggsy stuff these days, but have melodic chops for fiddle tunes. I've recorded extensively and toured & taught all over the U.S., Canada, & parts of Europe.
My Music. Some of my playing can be found by clicking on the Video and Music links above my photo to your left. Let me know what you think.
The Foggy Hogtown Boys. I play banjo with "The Foggy Hogtown Boys" We play traditional and traditionally influenced bluegrass with a hint of Old-Time. (Check out our website www.foggyhogtownboys.com)
When I am not on the road, I perform:
- every Monday night in Toronto at The Local on Roncessvalles Avenue near Howard Park. As part of The Hamstrung Stringband. (I play banjo and mandolin on the Monday show.)
- every Wednesday night in Toronto at The Silver Dollar Room on Spadina Avenue with a group called "Crazy Strings".
I teach lessons. www.chris-quinn.ca I teach lessons on banjo, guitar, and mandolin; have done so for over 20 years. I have learned a lot over the years and always enjoy learning more. I remember how it feels to struggle through the initial learning process! If I am performing in your town or you are passing through Toronto, feel free to contact me for a lesson. E-mail me at email@example.com or phone (416) 819-8990.
My Posts and Replies. I usually try to post ideas that can be helpful in the areas of learning. I philosophize, perhaps too much, in an effort to inspire and provoke. I will always encourage but never coddle. I will never tell anyone that learning is easy, but anything is attainable with hard work and a generous attitude toward music, fellow musicians and, foremost, yourself.
In my time on this website, I have posted a lot on the topics of: Scruggs style, technique, attitudes in learning, capo technique, learning by tab versus by ear, being a gearhead versus being a player, setting goals, and a slew of other topics. I have been told occasionally that my ideas have been helpful. Look for Chris Quinn in Active Topics as well as Archived Topics. I do not think anything I write is necessarily correct or absolute; they are my observations based on experience.
To folks new to the Banjo Hangout. Beware of getting lost. If you really want to learn about the banjo, stay away from the "Off Topic" or "Games" forums: there is nothing valuable there.
If gear excites you, you are not alone! There are many real authorities who contribute there. That said; learn to separate gear from playing: gear is great, but if you can't play Cripple Creek yet, magic picks will not help you! You don't need a pre-war Gibson, or every new piece of banjo equipment in order to enjoy playing music on the banjo. A lot of the top pros you admire can't afford and, therefore, do not perform on the vintage banjos that many of us covet.
There are many great players and teachers here who will offer good advice and help. There are many people who know very little, but talk a good game. Sort them out for yourself.
Think before you post; a lot of people don't. When you post something, regard it as a permanent statement. Even if you delete your post one minute after you have hit the button; someone will have already read what you wrote; perhaps they have copied it and forwarded to others.
Nice to have met you. Thank you to all the good people whom I have met through this site. I have forged friendships, established professional contacts, found work, helped others, been endorsed, and gotten feedback.
Drop me a line. If you think I can answer any questions or you just want to say hello, please drop me a line. If you are ever in Toronto and would like to get together or are looking for music events, please drop me a line.
Enjoy the banjo journey.
on “A general howdy.”
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 @5:38:48 PM
As you say it, Chris, "Always a pleasure". As far as I am concerned, on a lot of different levels, you are "Da Man" on BHO. You set a pretty solid and meaningful standard, and it's nice to see that, in your humble way, you know how greatly you are appreciated. Thanks.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007 @10:23:56 AM
Hey Chris! No truer words have ever been spoken. I actively seek for threads containing your entries. Hope you are well.
Saturday, March 31, 2007 @10:38:06 AM
Hi Chris, I really appreciate your approach to music and your words of wisdom. I hope to see the band later today at the Brunswick and am very much looking forward to "Pigtown Fling"
Tuesday, December 18, 2007 @11:14:58 AM
Chris, you would do us all a huge favor if you would write a book. Your posts are always incredibly insightful and well written. If you can get Oprah to sponsor you, I'd vote for you for president! :-) Oh wait. Become an American citizen, then get Oprah, then I'd vote for you!
Saturday, April 12, 2008 @8:16:10 AM
Didn't I see you in the Recording King ad in the new Banjo Newsletter this month?
Nice photo and nice banjo too. :)
Mary Z. Cox
Monday, December 06, 2010 @12:13:07 PM
Just writing to say Hello Chris from the UK, thanks for the helpful posts.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @6:05:17 AM
I'm new to the banjo hangout and just getting started playing the banjo. I've only been playing the banjo for about a year but have been able to pick some bluegrass with a few groups of accomplished players. I'm a Canadian, born and brought up and presently live in Nova Scotia, Canada. Theres alot of bluegrass down here so if you you ever end up near Yarmouth, NS drop me a line and I'll give you contact info. (Are you an origanial Canadian? Just thought I'd ask.)
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