Posted by pcfive on Friday, September 9, 2011
I had to play guitar at a wedding in the middle of the summer, so I got a little side-tracked from practicing banjo. I still kept practicing banjo every day, except for the last week before the wedding, but I had to cut back some. The week before the wedding, I practiced only guitar, 2 hours every day. Boy did I get tired of those two wedding songs! But it paid off, because I did not screw up at the wedding. One of the wedding songs was my original song, written specifically for my niece and her husband, who were getting married. The singer was a friend of the bride's mom who is a semi-professional. It all turned out well, and it was the first time ever one of my original songs was performed in public!
Well, anyway. I only knew how to play classical guitar, so I had to learn to play a steel-string with finger picks. My years of bluegrass banjo picking made that transition relatively easy.
Then, as soon as I got back from the wedding, I found out I had to move. I continued practicing banjo 2 hours every day, while moving, but I was stressed out and exhausted.
Now I am finally done moving, except everything is all over the place. But I am getting back to normal, and now I can get back to really concentrating on practicing banjo and jamming.
And one thing I learned from all this is that I was able to continue practicing banjo through almost all of it. Except for the week before the wedding, and the several days traveling and staying there, etc. I did bring my travel banjo and jammed and practiced a little while there.
And now I am back, and living in a new place. It's better for practicing than my old place, and maybe I will start having small jam sessions there. After I get organized, whenever that will be.
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'Stolen Banjo' 16 min