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How it began...

Posted by wallflower on Sunday, July 14, 2013

I started learning banjo in October 2011. I happened on an advertisement for an adult education class called “Introduction to Banjo” and I thought it might be fun. It was really a lark that I signed up and bought a cheap banjo for the class. Then, as fate would have it, the class was canceled because of lack of enrollment. I found myself with a banjo and little idea of what to do with it so I searched for an instructor and found Tom Faux (tfaux on the Hangout) teaching at C4A in Urbana, Illinois. I guess I will have to blame Tom for my banjo addiction since before lessons with him, I knew very little about banjo, old-time music or even music in general. Tom started me on my banjo journey and before I left Illinois, I was fortunate to have taken a number of lessons from him.  My husband started guitar and enjoyed several guitar lessons, also with Tom.

I now live in a fairly remote area in northern Idaho and rely heavily on the Hangout for banjo inspiration, help and advice.  My learning seems slow to me but I am enjoying it (or more truthfully, I am totally obsessed).  I don’t have much talent and suffer with slow fingers but hopefully; I make up for it with enthusiasm.

 



2 comments on “How it began...”

crappiejohn Says:
Monday, July 15, 2013 @6:28:22 AM

Wallflower, you are an inspiration to all of us!!
Welcome to the HangOut. Keep up the good work.

jojo25 Says:
Monday, September 2, 2013 @11:20:52 AM

Hi Carol...play on, play on...great pic BTW!...you might think about making an annual trip to one of the better festivals out there in the West...I bet you and your hubby would have a blast...think about it and plan for next year or sometime soon...a great festival experience is in your future...I heard it from a gypsy!

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