Posted by TedLehmann on Wednesday, November 22, 2006
I've been hangin' around at the Hangout for a couple of years and posting from time-to-time, but I thought I'd use this opportunity to Blog as a way to organize some of my thoughts about bluegrass and banjo playing.
I bought my first banjo, a Deering Goodtime, at Merlefest 2004, and started playing and practicing alone. A year later I bought my Sullivan Festival, again at Merlefest, a discontinued model they were offering at a terrific price. This was also the year that Bruce Stockwell won the banjo contest. I discovered that Bruce lives in Putney, VT, about half and hour from my home in Keene, NH. I called him up to discover whether he taught, discovered that he did, and started taking lessons. The rest is history.
Meanwhile, my wife Irene and I began attending a lot of festivals as well as buying too many CD's and listening to bluegrass on XM radio. During the intervening period, we have spent a major part of our time each year at festivals or involved in bluegrass in one way or another. Irene plays mandolin and dobro. As a result of all this I've developed preferences, prejudices, and viewpoints about the banjo and the broader bluegrass world that I'll use this blog as a forum for exploring in more detail and, I hope, with more coherance than my posts at the Hangout permit. I look forward to hearing your responses to these posts and to having a chance to expand upon my ideas. I'll be calling this blog "Notes from the Bluegrass Road" as Irene and I spent 135 days last year in our trailer chasing bluegrass experiences.
I hope ya'll enjoy this small effort.
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