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Playing Since: 1964
Experience Level: Novice
impickin5 has made 39 recent additions to Banjo Hangout
Occupation: Retired Electrical Systems Designer
1928 Gibson TB-3 Conversion to 5-string with exact replica RB-3 neck by Larry Cohea; Parts banjo consisting of Frank Neat FE neck, Dannick Gold 20 hole ring, Cox rim, and Gill resonator.
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In the mid 50's while in high school, I learned to play a guitar Chet Atkins style. Sometime in the late 50's, I was riding in a car with my Dad and I heard Flatt and Scruggs on the radio. From that moment on, I knew I wanted to learn how to play a banjo like Earl. In about 1964, I bought my first banjo, a new Sears Silvertone for I think $39.95. I could immediately play a few tunes, but I was playing it Chet Atkins style which is an alternating "pinch" style instead of rolls. It took a while to break the pinch habit and play rolls, but I finally learned some rolls, BUT, however, I never EVER, EVER came anywhere close to playing like Earl-God rest his Soul.
So, I never really learned the right way and have been mostly a closet picker in the last 25 years or so. I've owned 37 different banjos in those 40 some years. I love to tinker with setup and just noodling around playing my own style.
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