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Banjo as Brutal

Posted by Joanchek on Wednesday, February 18, 2009

OK, OK, I confess.  I have not picked up my banjo on 4 days.  I am completely un-motivated.  I feel incompetent.  The thought of practice feels like it  would be work.  I am stuck on one of those plateaus and I don't like it one  bit.

Part of the problem is the ton of time alone I've had lately.  I love the sound of the banjo, but frankly sometimes you just need somebody around when you play.  The feedback is great, of course, but music by its nature is meant to be shared.  Maybe it's the weather;  maybe it's just those end-of-winter blahs.  But it's not fair for me to write entries about playing the banjo when I'm not playing, now, is it?

We had a few inches of snow this afternoon; that soft warmer-weather snow that looks dense but is thick and what we called "packy" as kids.  This is snowball-making snow, snowman snow, snow angel snow.  It's too heavy for a good snow fort;  you need dry packy snow for that.  Maybe tomorrow the pup and I will have a snowball fight.  She's never happier than when she's out in the white stuff, snuffling along looking for something interesting that's out of sight.

My little Cricket is 33 pounds now, and she's 4 months old next week.  She's coming right along, training-wise, although she still likes to eat rocks.  She is rambunctious at worst and an angel at best.  She is smart and easy to teach, although she has a mind of her own and can be extremely stubborn.  She is no longer timid around people or other dogs, although loud dogs make her cautious.  I am also relaxing around other dogs more, as well, so that's a win-win.  I am hoping that by the end of May, she has her manners well ingrained.  She is certainly good company, but it's easy to forget that she's still a  young puppy and learning every minute, since she's so darned big.  I think that by the time she's spayed (first week of April) she will be too big for me to handle physically.  I know it's vital that she's well-trained, relaxed, calm, and happy.  We're getting there.

Now I am off to ponder this banjo thing.


3 comments on “Banjo as Brutal”

Banjo75 Says:
Thursday, February 19, 2009 @2:24:15 AM

what people often forget about plateus is the view they afford.  Take a minute to take a look around and see all the progress that you have already made.

brawny1 Says:
Friday, February 20, 2009 @7:06:14 PM

Joan, this is one of my new favorite times of year to play banjo. We are in the heat of Maple Syrup making time and it is fun to hang by the evaporator and pluck away! It s outside and everyone in hear shot has to listen! Just head on outside on the next warm day and give it a try!


Tim-mater Says:
Sunday, February 22, 2009 @9:02:16 AM

I am glad you are sharing your plateau with us. I haven't been playing much lately either and learning new songs is just painful. I am just playing for the enjoyment of it while my banjo karma works it self out. You will do fine - keep blogging - you are my "blog role model."

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