Posted by Ian_banjo on Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Last weekend was almost the most fun I've had with my clothes on. There were about 25 of us banjoistas in Leon Hunt's banjo class, so it got quite cosy.
Leon managed to cover a huge amount and pitch it at several levels simultaneously. I learnt quite a few things, but mainly about music theory - especially chord construction and playing scales without using open strings. I really liked the way that no-one was in the slightest put down or talked down to, by anyone, however little they knew or however new they were to their instrument.
I was amazed at how many gents like me, in their 50s/60s, there seemed to be. The most enjoyable aspect for me was how friendly, open and supportive everyone was; a great bunch of people. Chris Moreton joined our table for lunch on Sunday we had a great time, with a lot of humorous anecdotes flying around.
The concert on Saturday night was wonderful. The instructors put on a scratch band with Bob Winquist (another lovely man and a real gent) on fiddle, Leon on banjo, Chris Moreton and Gary Payne both on guitar and vocals, Richard Collins mandolin and banjo, Sherryl Payne bass and vocals, Steve Mazillius on bass. Richard played a blinder banjo solo before Leon came on the stage.
Accommodation was basic and the food good and plentiful. The bar was just adequate for the numbers there, but I wonder how it would cope during the five day course at Easter when there are, so they said, two or three times the number of participants.
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