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Learning Banjo with TTSB from Germany

Posted by wesmont on Monday, October 19, 2015

Here is a link to an article I have written for Artist Works.

3 comments on “Learning Banjo with TTSB from Germany”

Pick-n-Chuck Says:
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 @3:52:57 AM

Hi Rolf,
I loved the Article, very intertesting and inspiring. I too live in Germany and had a Banjo Teacher, but only long enough to learn a few Scrugg's Rolls, unfortunately he's leaving Germany and now I can't find anyone here to teach me. I do however have the Book "Banjo for Dummies", but I'm not much on reading things. I think I'll check out Tony Trischka and see what I can learn. Thanks

Tom Hanway Says:
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 @2:59:55 PM

Great story, Rolf. I am a graduate of the Tony Trischka School of Banjo, having studied with him for four years back in the mid-to-late '80s. Enjoy the banjo! Best ~ Tom

stanger Says:
Thursday, March 30, 2017 @11:23:52 AM

Hi, Rolf... It's good that you are practicing daily in good sessions. The banjo requires different thinking than the guitar when it comes to playing scales, and the concepts can be very hard at first, but once they are gained, actually make scales easier to play than on the guitar. Only a lot of practice can accomplish the change in mental concept.

For me, learning to play the banjo was like a puzzle where I made up the pieces as I went along. I always think its fun, but for many folks, it's too challenging. Thinking something is easy or difficult, I believe, is totally the wrong approach; I always looked at the banjo as just a challenge that I could conquer with time, and have always enjoyed its challenge.
Best of luck, and I hope you spend many happy hours playing. I noticed we share an affection for the same banjo maker!

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