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Introduction - First Entry

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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