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Starting Down the Banjo Trail

Posted by Sassafrassa on Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Well, here I am, a banjo owner without a clue on how to play the pretty thing!  I walked into a music store last week to buy Dulcimer strings, and walked out with a used Deering Goodtime banjo!  She spoke to me, and I had to listen to her siren song.

My brother is an accomplished musician, and I have always been a bit "skeered" to pick up any instrument, for fear of being compared to him, but have always harbored a secret desire to play.  I play the Mountain Dulcimer a bit, and love old-time music.  This love of the music of course led me to be fascinated by clawhammer banjo.  So....here I am...looking for a teacher, excited by the prospect of being able to play. 

If anyone has any recommendations, I would love to hear them!  I have learned quite a bit from reading the boards so far, and am amazed at the amound of talent contained here...not to mention how incredibly helpful everyone seems.  I look forward to getting involved.

2 comments on “Starting Down the Banjo Trail”

Joanchek Says:
Tuesday, May 15, 2007 @1:49:57 PM

play.  play more.  remember it's playing, not working.  even the tough parts should be fun.

you've got the bug;  there's no cure.  enjoy the ride.

Sassafrassa Says:
Wednesday, May 16, 2007 @1:33:22 PM

Thanks, Joanchek!  I'm excited to get started...just having a bit of trouble finding a clawhammer instructor.  Bluegrass style picking seems to be more prevalent here in Greensboro.  I've ordered some books, and am checking around for a good clawhammer teacher, so I'll get there one way or the other.

Sassa

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