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Oct. 15, 2007: Lesson 3

Posted by BadMojo on Thursday, October 18, 2007

Welcome once again to the blog of the musically challenged. I'm moving along great my teacher told me. He is a great guy and has tons of patience. My rolls are fine. I can tackle most in a relatively short time. Chords are kicking my butt. My fingers hurt, my brain hurts, but I'm still having fun. I try to practice at least an hour a day, typically more. I usually pack it in when my pinky is screaming. I'm a therapist by trade so I need my hands to be working each and everyday or I would probably play till they bled. Sometimes I think I must be doing something wrong. I'm puttin' a fair deal of time and the returned results seem minimal at best. I'm not letting it put me off though. I really am having fun. I got my first song this week, Amazing Grace. I'm about as graceful as a cat running across a pond. My left is not working with my right. My brain is completely torn between which hand to be supervising. Apparently I do not have the ability to multitask as well as I thought. I'm looking at new Banjos. Not that anything is wrong with my Banjo. My daughter comes in every night and wants to play on it as well she loves it. It warms my heart she wants to play. So maybe I'll allow that to enable me to get a new banjo and gift my current one to her. Crimmy I sound like a crack addict trying to justify himself. LOL I was told it was a sickness.

2 comments on “Oct. 15, 2007: Lesson 3”

wannabepicker Says:
Thursday, October 18, 2007 @1:56:19 PM

Don't say you weren't warned! Enjoy the banjo shopping, it really is fun ... and then that one will come along you can't resist. I just started on Amazing Grace myself, really have found the Jack Hatfield books/cd a great learning aid to go with my lessons. This is the first song I've picked up on my own. Keep at it, sounds like you are doing great. -Mike

Geoff Stelling Says:
Friday, October 19, 2007 @11:43:29 AM

Hi Mike,
I was somewhat overwhelmed by all 10 positive comments out of 11 that specifically mentioned Stelling experiences.  I would have to agree that the Tony Pass rim has been a major improvement since 2002 when I first started using them.  Wes Lassiter's comments naturally concerned me and I would assume that his Bellflower is not very new.  It is one model that we have made out of mahogany, walnut, maple, and birch, so the sound could be characterized differently by each of them.  The best advice given was for you to try out as many different banjos as you can hopefully all at one sitting.  I wish you the best of luck and success in choosing the banjo that will suit you.  Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have specific questions.  Thanks.
Geoff Stelling

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