Posted by iSteve on Saturday, March 3, 2012
Okay faithful blog followers, I've got good news of a great joy - my banjo arrived yesterday. I am beside myself with giddimess. It's in great shape - pristine even. I had to tighten one of the brackets that holds the head in place. I also had to put the bridge back up and then I tuned it. I was so nervous. I didn't want to drop it or to break a string. I handled it like a newborn babe. I'm sure that I will get over that as I get comfortable with it.
Once I got it tuned, it sounded so beautiful. I practiced for a while on a forward roll, a backward roll, and a straight roll. My right hand is working fine. But my left hand is still all thumbs. I haven't been able to easily form a chord other than open G yet. I am sure that it will come with practice.
So, on my calendar and in my household, March 2nd will always be known as "Banjo Adoption Day." It will be celebrated annually with great merriment and music making! Maybe it will even grow into a festival!
Speaking of festivals, today I booked a hotel room in Galax for August for the Old Fiddler's Convention. It's August 6-11. Here's the website with all the info for those of you who are interested: http://oldfiddlersconvention.com/default.htm. My wife and I are going on the 6th and 7th. I want to see the Old Time Fiddle, Dobro, and Mandolin competitions on the 6th. And I also want to see the Bluegrass Fiddle, Dulcimer, and Bluegrass Banjo competitions on the 7th.
Even though I'm from Appalachia, I've never been to the Fiddlers Convention. I am very excited about going, even if it is just a couple of days. Here's a thought - if anyone else from the BHO is going, then let's try to meet somewhere and have a BHO reunion of sorts. Who's interested?
Now it's back to my banjo and practicing.
Saturday, March 3, 2012 @3:32:09 PM
Woohoo! Congratulations! I am very happy for ya!
Torben Pedersen Says:
Sunday, March 4, 2012 @3:35:44 AM
Congratulation..and happy picking. Sure you will enjoy it.
A little story from the past, when I tried to play the violin. When I practised...first left my wife the room...then my two daughters...and at last my dog...(I`ll never be a good violin player)
Sunday, March 4, 2012 @8:31:49 AM
Well, how's it goin? Have ya put it down to sleep & eat?
Sunday, March 4, 2012 @8:38:23 AM
Yes, I have, believe it or not. My twin daughters had their 18th birthday party last night so I had to put it down. I hope to spend the afternoon on rolls.
Sunday, March 4, 2012 @6:50:15 PM
Congrats on your new banjo! What tunes are you working on?
Sunday, March 4, 2012 @6:59:55 PM
Just rolls and chords right now. No tunes yet.
Monday, March 5, 2012 @9:10:57 AM
Congrats Steve. What did you get? And Where from? I think I am looking for one, too. Though I have an Alabama, I would like to upgrade; not that I know a lot of tunes. I am working on two fiddle tunes; St. Anne's Reel and Blackberry Blossom. Both are nowhere near fiddle speed, but I am having fun learning them. Good luck on your new Adoption!!
Monday, March 5, 2012 @9:33:58 AM
It's a Deering Classic Goodtime Special - the high end of the Goodtime line, with a customized steel ring installed. I purchased it from a member here on the BHO. He was great to deal with. And the banjo is everything I could ask for. Good luck on St. Anne's Reel and Blackberry Blossom.
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @3:53:32 PM
Congrats. Easiest way I've found to learn chord positions is to just strum a steady rhythm and change chords. All of a sudden your finger will magically find the right places and muscle memory will prevail.
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @6:30:05 PM
Do not be concerned about any obstacles, they will come and go.
You will look back on them someday and grin.
I picked up my first banjo 10 years ago, brought it home, took it out of the case and strummed .
I had no finger picks. ( did not know what they were for anyway)
My son who plays a nice guitar told me "dad that banjo is out of tune"
I told him "it better not be I just purchased it"
One of my precious thoughts.
A word of advice, get yourself the Goodtime owner's manual from Deering if you don't have it.
Good luck Steve
Monday, March 26, 2012 @10:49:28 AM
I found out, as I'll bet you will, that jamming is the best way to learn left hand skills (nobody stops when you can't get your fingers right). You can buy DVD's to play along with too.
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