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I did it - I took the banjo to my gig!

Posted by hdplayer on Sunday, January 29, 2012

I have to preface this by saying that this was one of those unsatisfying gigs - lots of loud talkers and I felt  very rushed to get out of the way.  I think they were just eager to get the actual meeting started. But I was hired to do a half hour concert and I bet I played only 20 minutes...  

The gig consisted of playing hammered dulcimer and singing some ballads.  They also asked me to lead the group in "I'll Fly Away" at the end of my set - so I asked them if I could bring the banjo for that.  They said "of course".  So I was psyched!  I practiced and was sure I could pull it off even though I've only been playing for a month..........BUT........

At the last minute, just as I was getting ready to lead the group (and after I'd given my "I'm new at the banjo" speech) a guy walks up with a guitar and asked if he can play with me.  Well, I had no choice.  I was in front of 150 people.  But instead of waiting for me, he kicks off the song at a fair clip... no intro.  It took me the entire first verse to get my bearings.  After that, I sort of played OK, but it was still too fast for my comfort level.

But the bottom line: I did it!  And I'm glad I did it!  Next time it will be better, and the next time even better than that!  I'm a lot of things, including a loser from time to time - but I'm no a quitter!  

Pick On!

10 comments on “I did it - I took the banjo to my gig!”

lg9455 Says:
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @4:15:11 PM

Congrats! You have more guts than I have. I would have freaked out right their.

hdplayer Says:
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @5:04:35 PM

Thanks!!! But, you know what they say about there being a fine line between bravery and stupidity ;-)) However, in this case, I feel like I did just squeaked by on the side of bravery.

SidBarone Says:
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @11:31:55 PM

I love your quote HD!

"I'm a lot of things, including a loser from time to time - but I'm no a quitter!"

& Good Onya!:0)

cherbr Says:
Monday, January 30, 2012 @6:48:41 AM

You go! Not only did you do it, you took an uncomfortable situation, made the best of it, and found the good!

RatLer Says:
Monday, January 30, 2012 @8:22:14 AM

It won't be long before you'll be able to leave that guitar picker in the dust...!!!! But I'm guessing you're the pro, and you probably wouldn't do that to him...sure would be fun though...!!!

MBCrawford Says:
Monday, January 30, 2012 @8:43:09 AM

Congrats, like RatLer said it won't be long and you will love dusting guitar players.................

Jonny R Says:
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 @9:12:14 AM

Great story! You know what they say, a winner is just a loser that wouldn't quit?

Keep Pickin

hdplayer Says:
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 @9:26:00 AM

I like the way y'all think! My plan now is to find a way to play with others more often. Will head to the Charlotte Folk Society gathering on the 10th, and hope to make it to the Appalachian State Fiddlers' thing on the 17th. But in the mean time, don't worry, I'll definitely keep pickin!

banjohurricane Says:
Thursday, February 2, 2012 @1:58:14 PM

I like your tenacity that's what it takes to move to the next level. Never let other musicians intimidate you whether it is on purpose or not. I think you handled it well. It seems to me guitar players are more likely than not to pull that kind of stuff. I can tell you this much from my years of experience guitar players are more intimindated by banjo players than any others. I don't think they like getting there thunder stolen very much. Keep on keeping on. Just remember the more you play the better you get.

hdplayer Says:
Friday, February 3, 2012 @7:50:46 AM

Well, thanks - for the encouragement and the advice. Will take both! And I'll keep picking cause I do love it. I look forward to the day I can fully call myself a "banjo player".
I just noticed the bar at the bottom of my screen says "2098 banjo lovers online" - so in the mean time I'll be happy picking as a beginner and being a banjo lover!

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