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Hello World

Posted by on Friday, March 12, 2010

Hey folks, I'm so thrilled to be a new member of Banjo Hangout and I can't wait to learn more about my favorite instrument from all you experienced pickers!

I've been playing for about a year now and am just getting to the point where I can actually say "I play the banjo" rather than, "Oh, I'm just learning the banjo". I'm starting to learn some more difficult songs like Cripple Creek and Foggy Mt. Breakdown and also trying to improve my speed and technique of course. I've got two bluegrass festivals under my belt including Wintergrass up in Seattle, WA which was *AMAZING*. I also met Tom Nechville and he actually put railroad spikes in my banjo himself!! :)

I have a rather inexpensive Rover RB-45 (which I love, btw) but I really want a Nechville banjo so I'm saving my pennies.

Ok, I better sign off so I can go practice...


15 comments on “Hello World”

Cotton-eyed Joe Says:
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @1:11:40 AM

Welcome aboard...
Keep them fingers pickin' such wonderful tunes... And have fun...
'appy pickin'

Gcapo2A Says:
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @3:35:28 AM

A big hello back to you. I have been playing for six years and I am still learning. It is all fun.

TopCat Says:
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @4:34:03 AM

Welcome Rachel. I see you are a fan of Crooked Still, great band, I am looking forward to their tour of the UK from next week.

racer Says:
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @4:37:19 AM

keep on trucken you will be great before you know it good luck ron

ronhan Says:
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @6:38:51 AM

Hello Rachel and welcome to the BHO. There is a great festival in Lex. ky every June . . . if you happen to be in he neighborhood. :) Ron

Pepper Laing Says:
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @6:56:40 AM

Welcome, keep on pickin` Says:
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @7:30:59 AM

Hey everyone, thanks for the warm welcome!
@TopCat, Crooked Still played at Wintergrass and they are just an incredible band! They're banjo player is wild, he really rocks out when he's playing.
@ronhan I don't know if I'll be able to make it out to Kentucky any time soon but maybe someday, thanks for the invite!


TopCat Says:
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @8:46:36 AM

Yeah, Dr Greg is a bit eccentric! ;o) Says:
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @8:57:09 AM

Dr. Greg? He's a doctor? Oh my heck!

PruchaLegend Says:
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @8:41:17 PM

Hi Rachel. Let me add my welcome. Then, let me put in a pitch for a couple of festivals you might be interested in this summer. There is a festival in Clatskanie OR first weekend in August and another in Toledo WA the second weekend. Actually, there are several more that are withing shooting range of Portland. You can check them out at under the "Festivals" heading. Hope to see you at one or more of them.
Oh yeh, you can probably find some more with the Oregon Bluegrass Association too. Says:
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @8:46:11 PM

Hey thanks Prucha! I'll check out the Oregon Bluegrass Association... I actually went to Toledo last year and that was my first festival eva'!
I really need to find a slow jam to go to in Portland so I can practice playing with others; do you have any recommendations?

drottman300 Says:
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @8:47:14 PM

Hello ! Ive been pickin bout 16 months and Im lovin every minute I can get on the banjo! I can play cripple creek with my eyes closed but Foggy mountain breakdown is a whole new animal! Ballet of Jed Clampett is also a good one to learn! Keep on pickin it jut gets to be more and more fun! As for a Bluegrass festeval im gonin to see the Grascals in May at Branson! I cant wait for that!!!

androo Says:
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @6:52:59 PM

Save those pennies. I got my Nechville Nextar 2 years ago and I play it everyday! Welcome to the Hangout!

nechville Says:
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 @7:06:45 PM

Hey Rachel, Thanks for mentioning me in your blog, I love this crazy banjo business, especially when I can stay in touch with my customers. Keep picking! Says:
Friday, April 2, 2010 @7:45:08 AM

Hey Tom, thanks for being my friend! Will you be at the Stevenson Festival in Oregon this year? I see they're giving away a Nechville banjo as a prize in one of their contests. Cheers!

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