Posted by gusmac on Thursday, August 9, 2012
Last Monday the Punch Brothers came to town and apart from the amazing experience of seeing their gig at the beautiful Recital Centre I was also privileged to spend and hour or so with Noam Pikelny, playing some banjo and talking through some of the finer points of bluegrass techniques.
It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be in the presence of one of the world's greatest banjo players, and he was extraordinarily generous with both his time and his knowledge, and he proved to be a charming and funny person into the bargain (despite some serious jetlag from flying 26 hours from New York the previous day).
I made a recording of the lesson, and I'm now going to listen back and go through the areas we covered with a fine-tooth comb dissecting all that he he to offer.
The gig, by the way, was incredible, and received a standing ovation from the sold out audience.
My favourite clip of his is here
A pic of he and I is here
Thursday, August 9, 2012 @4:45:38 AM
FUNNY. Yeah Noam should not sing. Kewl blog.
Gareth Banjoland Says:
Friday, August 10, 2012 @4:21:51 AM
You lucky bugger, I would love to meet that guy.
Monday, January 7, 2013 @1:32:51 PM
I'm seeing this a few months late, but I have a question - How did you set up a lesson? By just contacting him, I assume?
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