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Occupation: Information professional

Gender: Male

Age: 55

My Instruments:
Bart Reiter Professional, IR 5-string open back
Bacon Professional FF IR banjo mandolin, 1918
Doc Huff IR 4-string cello banjo
Bob Thornburg grain measure 5-string

Various mandolins and guitars

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
(In no particular order) Mike Seeger, Pete Seeger, Adam Hurt, Clarke Buehling, Cathy Fink, Abigail Washburn, Gillian Welch, Bruce Molsky, Dan Levenson, Bob Thornburg, Steve Baughman, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Mike Marshall, Sarah Jarosz and all the others I'm forgetting right now.

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psyched by new tenor

Sunday, May 29, 2011 @5:10:22 AM

Technically my tenor banjo isn't new, but it's new to me.  What's new is my playing the tenor at all.  I've always been a five-stringer, but arthritis is getting to my right hand and clawhammer has gotten annoying, if now painful. I can barely fingerpick the guitar any longer.  But a few years back I picked up the mandolin, my first experience with a pick, and really got to like it.  Now I'm flatpicking the guitar and, starting this weekend, the tenor.  Familiarity with the mandolin means I have somewhere to start -- both instruments re tuned in fifths.  Started out with tunes I knew, now I'm learning new stuff.   The eighty year-old instrument has a nice voice, and now I have a new one.

3 comments on “psyched by new tenor”

beetlegeist Says:
Sunday, May 29, 2011 @5:40:50 AM

The tenor banjo is very addictive. I bought one a few years ago and the sound was awful. It was a cheap banjo. I was, however, so addicted that I went out and bought a Deering special. Playing with a pick is a lot of fun and the sound is amazing. I hope you have a lot of fun with your tenor banjo.
raharris Says:
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @9:10:30 AM

Thanks Sons -- I couldn't agree more. I had great fun this weekend with my new instrument. It was beautiful outside but I don't think I spent more than a few minutes in the sun. Maybe I need to drag a chair outside?!
banjomikey Says:
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 @4:59:38 PM

Go Robert!!!

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