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Lead Banjo in a Rock Band?

Posted by WayneConrad on Thursday, February 28, 2019

Driving home from work Monday, I was playing my practice banjo at every light or backup.  The weather's nice, so everyone's driving with windows down.  A shaggy looking fellow pulled up next to me and asked if I was looking for a drummer.

At the next light, a couple told me it sounded really good.

I'm just playing scales, and not with any kind of virtuosity, so it was kind of confusing.  

 


 

I have what feels like a mild case of the flu.  I canceled my lesson tonight.  I was looking forward to getting new homework tonight; I've pretty much sucked the marrow out of last week's lesson.  Now I need to make up my own homework for the next week.  But for today, I think I'll just sleep a lot.

 



8 comments on “Lead Banjo in a Rock Band?”

USAF PJ Says:
Thursday, February 28, 2019 @10:00:15 AM

Okay Wayne, explain that one, driving while playing. Those must be some really long lights. Tell me about your practice ax. This sounds really cool.

WayneConrad Says:
Thursday, February 28, 2019 @6:32:15 PM

USAF PJ Hi, good to hear from you. I only play when stopped. I just wanted to say that right up front.

My practice banjos (I have two) are the "Basic Banjo" by Backyard Music. Here's a link:

backyardmusic.com/order-banjos...anjo.html

(It looks like their SSL cert is goofed up, but you can ignore the warning and go to the site. Just don't buy anything until they fix their cert).

It costs $145 and weighs two pounds. It's inexpensive enough that I don't have to baby it, but the light weight and sturdy construction means it's harder to damage than a full weight banjo. I roll the window down and stick the neck out the window. It's an A scale banjo, so shorter than normal, and only 4-5 inches of it stick out. They do sell full scale and long-neck banjos also.

When I'm playing at the stop light, I play scales and exercises I can do without looking. That way I can keep an eye on the traffic and traffic signals. I can usually tell when the light is about to go green, and put the banjo over in the right seat before it changes. But if I'm caught by surprise, I just let go of the banjo and drive--the drum sits in my lap and the neck out the window while I get going. Once it's safe to do, I grab the neck using my right hand and place it the banjo in the passenger seat. The light weight makes that very easy to do without it being a dangerous distraction.

These Backyard Music banjos are my go-to banjo for practice because they're so inexpensive. At that price, you can hide banjos behind the furniture the way an alcoholic hides bottles. I keep my second practice banjo at work.

USAF PJ Says:
Friday, March 1, 2019 @11:26:57 AM

Great stuff Wayne! I have a Goodtime open back as my go to for work and fire place when camping, maybe consider your plan in So Cal. traffic.

Deleteme Says:
Monday, March 4, 2019 @8:26:00 AM

Get well soon

Deleteme Says:
Monday, March 4, 2019 @8:26:05 AM

Get well soon

WayneConrad Says:
Monday, March 4, 2019 @8:27:19 AM

Northl Thank you Lynda. I'm already feeling much better.

Judith511 Says:
Friday, April 12, 2019 @6:44:57 AM

Watch you don't get a ticket for distracted driving! LOL. I Listen to the bluegrass station while driving...better than getting a fine. Glad you are feeling better.

WayneConrad Says:
Friday, April 12, 2019 @8:44:22 AM

Judith511 - That's a valid concern, for sure. I only play when stopped, but I imagine I raise eyebrows. When I raise a cop's eyebrows, we'll find out if I get a lecture for it.

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