Posted by Kevin G on Saturday, March 20, 2010
Signed up for my first banjo camp. You'd think that, in 4 years, I'd have done one of these already, but the closest one is always at the beginning of June, right around our daughter's birthday. Up until she turned 18, every one of these was significant, and I didn't want to miss them. But now that she's a university student, even when she's home for a week, she's not home. So I figured that I might as well spend a weekend at Olivet College playing banjo and trying to get better.
It's important to me for several reasons. First: I haven't had a teacher for about 10 months now, and I need to see if I've developed bad habits. Banjo was, maybe, her 12th instrument or so, but she was an outstanding music teacher and kept me on the straight and narrow with time and tuning. I know I've gotten a little sloppy here, and I'm hoping someone at the banjo camp will push me back onto the path of righteousness.
Secondly, my craft so far has been an isolated one. I haven't played with other banjo players, and it's time. It's time because I need to see if I should give the whole thing up, get more serious about it, or find a more serious, local banjo teacher to move me along.
Third, I just love living in college dormitories and eating college dorm food. (Ah, the memories). (I'd sneak in a 6-pack, but I don't know if they even make Huber beer anymore. It was $5 for a case. Mmmm.)
I hope I see some of you there. I think I have enough BHO T-shirts that I can wear a different one every day. (My fellow campers will be thankful for this.)
I'm looking forward to it and hope to see some of you there.
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @9:45:35 AM
Man! I wish I could go to one. I am sure I will some day. Have a wonderful time! Michael
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @1:29:44 PM
Don't miss a chance to sit in on a Jens Kruger class. You might think, as I did, that this guy is WAY, WAY over my head, but I really believe you will find him such an inspiration it becomes even harder to skip his class for one of the others. I have been to two music camps with Jens an instructor and my whole banjo playing outlook became changed after the first 10 minutes.
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @5:50:22 PM
Hey Kevin, that is fantastic. I attended my first Banjo camp last summer. I, like you, had never played around any other players. It was the best thing I ever did. So much fun, and so awesome to be around a group of people with similar interests(in my neck of the woods, old-time banjo playerss are very few and very far between). I'm going again this summer, and I am still trying to figure out some way to go to a couple each year.
Kevin G Says:
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 @3:54:56 PM
This is exactly the kind of encouragement (and advice) I was hoping for.
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