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Learning to Play Banjo All Over Again

Posted by midivox on Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Hello, Hut People

       I am taking up the banjo again after not owning or playing one for 25 years. I purchased a homemade 5 string on ebay for less than 50 bucks and am in the process of ordering a banjo kit from 

       I spent 50 bucks on ebay ordering a stack of used banjo books, a couple with CDs. I am excited to get back into banjo playing. I never planned to not own a banjo for so many years but I kept taking up new styles of guitar playing and getting into programming synthesizers and using midi guitars and also Voice to Midi hardware, which allowed me to scat sing a synth. I had problems with being badly injured in a motorcycle wreck and could not even play guitar for a few years. But now I am playing better than ever and even faster than I played 30 years ago.

      Banjo to me is happy, bright, fun, healing and a good time for the player and the listeners. The world needs happy fun all it can get.

Happy Banjos, MidiVox

6 comments on “Learning to Play Banjo All Over Again”

Paul Bock Says:
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 @7:16:59 PM

Good for you!  I re-started about 2.5 years ago after 17 years of not playing and am enjoying the journey, although it's going a l;ot slower than I would wish. 

INFP47 Says:
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 @7:29:39 PM

Great to hear about another 50 something starting the banjo again.  I started playing the banjo about 9 months ago after not playing for almost 26 years.  I had previously played from 1970 to 1980 but I'm learning clawhammer all over again - and having a great time!


Stev187 Says:
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 @10:34:06 PM

Glad you're back.  My break was about 6 years.  It's fun to get back into it.  Welcome!

midivox Says:
Wednesday, June 13, 2007 @12:09:12 AM

Hi All, Stev, Tim, Paul

       I purchased a Morgan Monroe MNB 1 in an Orange Finish. It came with a hardshell case, banjo stand, leather strap, tuner, and a banjo book and CD by Ross Nickerson, plus membership in  All my previous banjos were 50 buck throw aways, that I sold every time I moved. I also got the Banjo Encylopedia and a couple of Ross;s other books with DVDs.

         I know most of the rolls from playing lots of Chet Atkins over the years, and I know all the chords, since they just have different names for the banjo shapes vs 4 string jazz guitar chords. I am looking forward to getting into advanced banjo technigues that I never had time to learn in the past, or could perform on the garage sale banjos I had in the past.

         Thanks for reading and commenting on my banjo blog post.

Happy Banjos, MidiVox

reelolguy Says:
Sunday, December 2, 2007 @11:36:21 AM


I too am another 50+ y/o going to start learning the banjo.  Saving up now.  Thoroughly enjoyed the forum post on the purchase of the MM MNB-1.  I'm still researching but that one is on top or close to the top of the list.  Hope to see ya around the hangout "watercooler" again.


midivox Says:
Sunday, December 2, 2007 @6:35:24 PM

Hi Jack,

    The MNB1 is a nice looking and sounding banjo. Especially when purchased as a package deal, like offers. The case, stand, books, banjoteacher membership really makes the MNB1 a really good deal. I still have my MNB1 in Open Low A Tuning. Since I have multiple banjos, I can keep each one in a different tuning. Banjo Teacher has a nice Banjo Xmas DVD/CD. Thanks for your blog post.

   Happy Banjo Holiday      Timothy Kelly     MidiVox

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