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A general howdy.

Posted by Chris Quinn on Wednesday, March 21, 2007

About me.  I am a professional bluegrass banjo player and teacher. I grew up listening to Scruggs, Crowe, Stanley, & Hartford; to name only a few. I went through a big Bela Fleck phase (pre-Flecktones); I will again.  I play more Scruggsy stuff these days, but have a few melodic chops for fiddle tunes.  I've recorded extensively and toured & taught all over the U.S., Canada, & parts of Europe.

My Music.  Some of my playing can be found by clicking on the Video and Music links above my photo to your left.  Let me know what you think.

The Foggy Hogtown Boys.  I play banjo and rhythm guitar with "The Foggy Hogtown Boys"  We play traditional and traditionally influenced bluegrass with a hint of Old-Time. (Check out our website

 When I am not on the road, I perform: 

- every Monday night in Toronto at The Local on Roncessvalles Avenue near Howard Park. As part of The Hamstrung Stringband.  (I play banjo and mandolin on the Monday show.)

- every Wednesday night in Toronto at The Silver Dollar Room on Spadina Avenue with "The Foggy Hogtown Boys".  

 I teach lessons.  I teach lessons on banjo, guitar, and mandolin; have done so for over 20 years.  I have learned a lot over the years and always enjoy learning more.  I remember how it feels to struggle through the initial learning process! If I am performing in your town, or you are passing through Toronto, feel free to contact me for a lesson.  E-mail me at or phone (416) 819-8990. 

My Posts and Replies.   As of May 8, 2013, I have not posted much in a few years.  I don't have time to spend on BH.  These days, I spend a lot of my time teaching Bluegrass banjo lessons and performing.  If anyone is interested in my older posts, please search the Archives.  Feel free to email me.

I usually try to post ideas that can be helpful in the areas of learning.  I philosophize, perhaps too much, in an effort to inspire and provoke.  I will always encourage but never coddle.  I will never tell anyone that learning is easy, but anything is attainable with hard work and a generous attitude toward music, fellow musicians and, foremost, yourself. 

In my time on this website, I have posted a lot on the topics of: Scruggs style, technique, attitudes in learning, capo technique, learning by tab versus by ear, being a gearhead versus being a player, setting goals, and a slew of other topics.  I have been told occasionally that my ideas have been helpful.  Look for Chris Quinn in Active Topics as well as Archived Topics.  I do not think anything I write is necessarily correct or absolute; they are my observations based on experience.    

To folks new to the Banjo Hangout.  Beware of getting lost.  If you really want to learn about the banjo, stay away from the "Off Topic" or "Games" forums: there is nothing valuable there. 

If gear excites you, you are not alone!  There are many real authorities who contribute there.  That said; learn to separate gear from playing: gear is great, but if you can't play Cripple Creek yet, magic picks will not help you!  You don't need a pre-war Gibson, or every new piece of banjo equipment in order to enjoy playing music on the banjo.  A lot of the top pros you admire can't afford and, therefore, do not perform on the vintage banjos that many of us covet.  

There are many great players and teachers here who will offer good advice and help.  There are many people who know very little, but talk a good game.  Sort them out for yourself.

​Think before you post; a lot of people don't.  When you post something, regard it as a permanent statement.  Even if you delete your post one minute after you have hit the button; someone will have already read what you wrote; perhaps they have copied it and forwarded to others.  

Nice to have met you. Thank you to all the good people whom I have met through this site.  I have forged friendships, established professional contacts, found work, helped others, been endorsed, and gotten feedback.

 Drop me a line. If you think I can answer any questions or you just want to say hello, please drop me a line.  If you are ever in Toronto and would like to get together or are looking for music events, please drop me a line.

Enjoy the banjo journey. 

 Chris Quinn



7 comments on “A general howdy.”

Unplugged Says:
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 @5:38:48 PM

As you say it, Chris, "Always a pleasure". As far as I am concerned, on a lot of different levels, you are "Da Man" on BHO. You set a pretty solid and meaningful standard, and it's nice to see that, in your humble way, you know how greatly you are appreciated. Thanks.

TMarshall1 Says:
Tuesday, March 27, 2007 @10:23:56 AM

Hey Chris! No truer words have ever been spoken. I actively seek for threads containing your entries. Hope you are well.


chuckles50 Says:
Saturday, March 31, 2007 @10:38:06 AM

Hi Chris, I really appreciate your approach to music and your words of wisdom. I hope to see the band later today at the Brunswick and am very much looking forward to "Pigtown Fling" 

BanjoDiva Says:
Tuesday, December 18, 2007 @11:14:58 AM

Chris, you would do us all a huge favor if you would write a book.  Your posts are always incredibly insightful and well written.  If you can get Oprah to sponsor you, I'd vote for you for president! :-)  Oh wait.  Become an American citizen, then get Oprah, then I'd vote for you!

maryzcox Says:
Saturday, April 12, 2008 @8:16:10 AM

Hello Chris,

Didn't I see you in the Recording King ad in the new Banjo Newsletter this month?

Nice photo and nice banjo too. :)

Best wishes,

Mary Z. Cox

Grumps Says:
Monday, December 6, 2010 @12:13:07 PM

Just writing to say Hello Chris from the UK, thanks for the helpful posts.

adma Says:
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 @6:05:17 AM

Hello Chris,

I'm new to the banjo hangout and just getting started playing the banjo. I've only been playing the banjo for about a year but have been able to pick some bluegrass with a few groups of accomplished players. I'm a Canadian, born and brought up and presently live in Nova Scotia, Canada. Theres alot of bluegrass down here so if you you ever end up near Yarmouth, NS drop me a line and I'll give you contact info. (Are you an origanial Canadian? Just thought I'd ask.)

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