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Day Two!

Posted by BanjoArtGirl on Friday, May 4, 2012

I have always had a love for the beautiful sounds of the banjo.  I suppose this love blossomed from the love my mother and father have for Bluegrass. It is so important to share the beauty and magic with the generations to come. 

Every year as a child we made the trip up Grass Valley, Ca for the Father's Day Bluegrass festival starting with the year I was in my mother's womb.  I have always had the desire to learn banjo however the concept has always been intimidating.  Can I really create that beautiful noise I hear up on the stage? There is such a passion that pours from musicians.  In the past I could only capture it in my artwork and not really experience except through watching and listening. 

Yesterday ( 5.2.12) I purchased my first Banjo!  I am so proud of my student grade banjo, the Deering Goodtime 2 5 string banjo with resonator.  I played at least 6 hours today, finding I pick up the different aspects of the banjo somewhat easily.  Perhaps it is the 8 years of piano lessons and the years of flute.  I won a scholarship for flute in school.  It is coming much easier than the Guitar did...which is sitting in the corner collecting dust.  The interesting thing is I cannot even read music (one of my goals).  I hear things by ear and figure them out...that is what I have always done.  That is how I am learning the banjo now.  

I am looking forward to learning so much more!  Today is day two...


6 comments on “Day Two!”

Scott Barnbilly56 Says:
Saturday, May 5, 2012 @3:00:11 AM

Yes it is a wonderful and super fun thing to play . I do alittle tabulature playing and that's what helps ya play alot of things in learning . Most of the time i just play roll patterns to the chord changes and alternate between strings on roll patterns . I hit the 3rd and 4th strings on melody notes and use the other strings to fill in the rest so this is super fun to play along with others and keep it kinda simple . This all comes in time . A string pick'in pattern for simple is 3-2-1-2 and alternate to 4-2-1-2- after a month of doing the first way then add chord changes like g- c- d and when ya get use to that try singing a song to chord changes . I could write a book about all this . If i can help ya in any way let me know .
Happy pick'in & grinn'in
Scott B .

Smelly Old Gibby Says:
Saturday, May 5, 2012 @12:55:31 PM

Banjo Girl... enjoy the journey. You are right about learning so much more... Banjo is something that there is always room for growth. Even the modern banjo masters push themselves and break their own barriers. The more I learn, the more I learn I need to learn. The key is to celebrate the small successes, and not not get put off by the struggles. You will be how those small elements of success will add-up to big things over the years. Enjoy your banjo today, tomorrow and always.

RatLer Says:
Sunday, May 6, 2012 @4:22:20 AM

Welcome to the hangout...

dgill Says:
Sunday, May 6, 2012 @6:28:02 AM

Welcome to the greatest banjo site on the net. You will find great people here willing to help out anyway they can. From the looks of your avitar photo, I would say you are very talented indeed. Just remember, most of all, just have fun with it.

banjobrockster Says:
Sunday, May 6, 2012 @1:25:48 PM

It is a great journey! Have fun!

BanjoArtGirl Says:
Monday, May 7, 2012 @10:20:49 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone! :)

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