Posted by John Herrington on Thursday, April 2, 2009
After reading a rather nasty exchange on one of the forums, where certain irritations caused a great deal of discomfort to most who were reading and/or writing, I must have dropped off to sleep. And since I was well fed at that time I dreamed a dream.
In the garden there was plenty for all; a very beautiful place, it produced beautiful fruit in abundance. I came into this wonderful place late in the day, hungry and tired. While resting in the shade of a cucumber vine, I detected a fracas going on across the way. Scurrying over to where all of the noise was, I found a large group of my "ant brothers and sisters" engaged in an argument. Some of them were leading the discussion. They were obviously the most experienced of the group and possessed great wisdom. I heard the depth and scorn of their comments...something like, "You must carry kernels of wheat on your right shoulder, fellow ants, and you must take a firm step, quickly skip one, followed by dragging your right foot in the sand, while quickly slapping your thigh with your hand. Only if you can master this regimin are you acceptable to carry away the small kernels of wheat! Any other way but this is not the way to do it.
The cry went up from a minority in the crowd of fellow ants, though rather timidly expressed, "Why..Why do this charade just to take home the satisfying grain? We can simply carry our precious grain in our hands and sing our way home. Why???
And then I awoke, and there before me were the 7 pages of the forum...
Do you suppose there are many ways to "correctly" play that wonderful instrument, the banjo?
John Herrington, up here on the Big Horn
Thursday, April 2, 2009 @8:59:27 PM
It always seemed odd to me to fight over the correct way to play the banjo.
IT'S A MADE UP INSTRUMENT FROM A GOURD AND A STICK AND SOME CAT GUT.
Play it any way that suits you for crying out loud. If you don't want to hear the way I play it, don't listen.
Sheesh, what some people will argue about. They don't want to see my banjo playing technique. Looks like a big chicken pecking at worm!
John Herrington Says:
Thursday, April 2, 2009 @9:20:20 PM
Tom, from Flint, Texas, I appreciate your comment. As you probably guess, that's the way I feel,too. Tale care, now.
Old John on the Bighorn
Thursday, April 2, 2009 @9:34:14 PM
My signature on the forum is "The only wrong way to play a banjo is not to play at all." That's how I feel. I suppose that if you don't like this heavenly sounding instrument, not playing it would even be correct. Seems there are no absolutes...including this one.
Friday, April 3, 2009 @4:53:48 AM
Nice story John. It does amaze me that some folks believe different is a synonym for incorrect. I'm missing my left ring finger which leads to some interesting fingering variations. So, according to them, everything I play is wrong ?
Friday, April 3, 2009 @9:39:35 AM
Ah-A minister preaching about tolerance...I like it...
Friday, April 3, 2009 @11:03:59 AM
Thank you for that vision John. The banjo (and particually the people I have met through playing and building them) is a source of joy and pleasure for me, and I choose not to spend time arguing about those kinds of things. I play it the way I play, and thats the way I play. I don't and cannot play like some others before me, and I don't build them the way others did either. I appreciate and respect what and who came before me, but its not what I spend my time thinking about. Some like what I do, and others don't, but I'm trying my hardest not to let it get to me either way. My mama told me, "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything", and I've personally seen the effects of negative talk in so many aspects of life so when the nasty stuff pops up, I prefer to let it alone and hopefully whither away. The work world and highways for that matter have enough conflict for most of my days and weeks, and I'd rather keep the banjo stuff encouraging and fun.
I'd like to be trout fishing near where you live in a month or so...
Saturday, April 4, 2009 @7:28:11 AM
people who say there is no wrong way to play, haven't heard me:))
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