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Taking a trip

Posted by lousymom on Monday, April 2, 2012

Alright, I have a question. Next week, I am finally taking a vacation. The guy I've been dating and I are going to Ireland. It's only a little over a week and it is on the cheap, but I sooooo need a break after the last couple of months. 

So, here is my question: Do I take my banjo?

I am still making progress, but I have been so busy and tired lately that it has been slow, slow, slow. Seeing this vacation as a time to relax, I really want to take my banjo. Realistically, I know I will probably spend most of my time sightseeing, driving, eating, etc. I'm certainly not good enough on the banjo to play when anyone can hear me. So, my time to play there may be limited as well. Then, I have to worry about transporting it, potential damage, fitting it in the rental car, schlepping it in and out of Bed and Breakfasts,  etc.

But, oh to play the banjo for a while.

What would you do? Take it or leave it? 

13 comments on “Taking a trip”

BanjoBelle Says:
Monday, April 2, 2012 @3:42:22 PM

Be sure to check your rights as a musician in taking your banjo along-also have you thought about getting a 3/4 size or travel size banjo used? Would make it easier as far as taking it on the plane is concerned. How far ahead is this trip?

lousymom Says:
Monday, April 2, 2012 @3:45:34 PM

Next week. I may not have enough time to get a travel-sized banjo. Hm. Good idea, though.

drefoss Says:
Monday, April 2, 2012 @3:51:30 PM

You know tow's company and three's a crowd lol, don;t want to make the boyfriend jealous. :)

drefoss Says:
Monday, April 2, 2012 @3:52:23 PM

two's oops

lousymom Says:
Monday, April 2, 2012 @8:13:47 PM

Hehe. He is good with the banjo as long as I let him touch it sometimes. :)

BanjoBelle Says:
Monday, April 2, 2012 @8:50:53 PM

You could try poppin into your local music store-you may be surprised! I'd look around a bit if you have time. And there's always the tranjo!

Torben Pedersen Says:
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 @6:13:30 AM

A difficult question....My wife and I are trawelling to Ireland in September. We don`t bring our instrument with us. My wife play whistle and guitar - and I guitar and banjo. We have an Irish freind. He has told us, at when a group is playing, and they have a break, it`s normally you can borrow an instrument, and play some songs. But I don`t no how many playing the 5 strings banjo. Most of the Irish music we know, is played with the 4 strings banjo.
So my advise....take a flower and say I do...I don`t...I do...I don`t and so on...
A little joke...Really I can`t advise you... But i hope you will enjoy your journey to Ireland.

lousymom Says:
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 @8:35:32 AM

What's a tranjo?

lousymom Says:
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 @8:50:21 AM

Ok I looked it up. Now I really want a travel banjo. I wonder if I can find one in a reasonable price range within the week. It would thrill my kids because then they could play it too.

greggoluska Says:
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 @8:51:23 AM

Two thoughts - first, is there any possibility of renting a banjo when you get there? I'v tried this in the past and had no luck but you may find a local music store near the airport that can accomodate you. Second, I'm a beginner banjo player and I love it but travelling with it is a pain. I went out and bought a ukulele and case. Much easier to travel with, helps keep my fingers nimble, it's much easier to play, and I found that not only can I sing a bit when I play (something that is next to impossible with my banjo) but others start to sing along as well. On this second thought you can get a uke book with a few songs and be somewhat proficient in about 2-3 days. I would never abandon the banjo but my uke keeps me amused while I'm away from home.

lousymom Says:
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 @9:21:49 AM

Wow. You guys have given me some lovely ideas. I think I've made up my mind. The guy I'm traveling with usually brings a uke, so I can learn that, but I think the more fun plan is to spend a day trolling the lovely music shops in Dublin and find myself a travel banjo there. Now I'm excited to go play banjos in Ireland!

BanjoBelle Says:
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 @4:11:26 PM

oh man checkin out the music stores there sounds fun. Be sure to look for used.

BanjoBelle Says:
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 @4:15:38 PM

Deering makes a parlor goodtime model that's shorter than most 5 string banjos-just so ya know!

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