Posted by rudykizuty on Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Well, I'm into year three of my reincarnation as a plectrum banjo player after a 22 year hiatus. So far, I've done "okay" on my own, but I've always maintained that some day I was going to take it to the next level and spend time with a master of the instrument. But while you keep muttering that to yourself, life happens and there are a million and one things that come up naturally that get in the way as your life goes on.
This past week I turned 50. It's an age when your mortality starts to really hit home. When you're 30, 35 or 40, you figure you've got at least a shot (with some luck) to make it another set of 30 or more years to go. But not at 50. It's an age when you realize "some day" needs to be sooner than later.
I finally pulled the trigger and contacted Kevin Rivell. We had a long talk about my goals and what I would like to accomplish. He has agreed to take me on as a student.
"Some Day" has arrived.......and I am psyched!! Can't wait to get started.
Old Man Says:
Friday, September 16, 2011 @3:41:19 AM
That's just super.I started at a old age to learn banjo and I just treat it as a hobby.I just didn't have time when I was young but maybe I can get to apoint that will make this thing sound like a picker has a hold of it.
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @4:23:02 AM
The fun is in getting there. Enjoy yourself!
Monday, September 26, 2011 @4:37:14 PM
Enjoyed your blog. Tomorrow I'm driving to Glen Ellyn IL to attend my 50th high school reunion, then on up to Minn to visit my 18 year old daughter who just started her freshman year in college. If you do the math, 68 minus 18 equals 50, which was how old I was when I took on the responsibility of a new addition to the family. 50 is young...you have decades ahead of you. Happy birthday!
Monday, September 26, 2011 @5:03:40 PM
Thanks, John. I need all the encouragement I can get.
Monday, September 26, 2011 @9:32:01 PM
Good for you, Anthony!
I had a friend who STARTED learning guitar, at age 53. (I was 23 at the time.)
He and I started a folk song club that year. He played guitar (and was even in
a contra-dance band) for the next 30 years! He passed away about 5 years ago.
The folk club is still going -- 38 years later!
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