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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 on, play on...great pic BTW! 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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