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Playing Since: 2007
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Alabama AB-10, Openback I built with Whyte Laydie tonering, Prust Fretless Tackhead. Encoch Tradesman, cherry, fretted, scooped. Will Fielding Rooster with Whyte Laydie tonering.
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Sunday, November 29, 2009 @5:24:35 AM
Some friends of ours are both classically trained musicians with music degrees and all that stuff, and for the longest time they have been bugging me to bring my banjo with me when we go over to their place. She plays clarinet, and he is a percussionist, so you can probably well imagine my reluctance, but last night we went there for dinner and and my wife talked me in to taking it. I would set the pace and he would start drumming with me and she was able to read the standard notation in Dan Levenson's Festival Tune Book and play the tunes on the clarinet.
Other than Dan's Clawcamp last summer, this was my first time playing outside of the privacy and safety of my little computer room here at home. So, I had the thoughts of coming out of my little shell to deal with, as well as the thoughts of drums and clarinets mixing with old time fiddle tunes (ohhhh the horror).
Well, I have to say, it was amazing to me how it all worked out. It actually sounded pretty good. Okay now old time fiddle tune/jazz/dixieland may not be the sound you're going to hear flooding the web pages at CDbaby any time soon, but it was incredibly fun nontheless, and I wish I had done it long ago.
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