Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

Banjo Lovers Online

My second 6 months on the banjo

Posted by jrjenks on Sunday, June 22, 2008

It's J.R.'s one year banjoversary and he's writing a series of posts on where he's been and where he's going, banjo-wise.

Yes, after those first six months I just wasn't making the progress that I wanted to. I'd performed on stage and had a good time doing so, but I wasn't satisfied with my musical performance. I'd spent half a year on my banjo and had gone to lessons every week (mostly), but I could just barely manage a Seeger-style sing-along. (And I'd have needed the printed music and a lot of practice before I could play the song.)

Coincidentally – or perhaps because the universe just wanted me to learn to play the banjo better – this period of realization came upon me at the end of the year, just in time for a new year's resolution:

My new year's resolution for 2008 is to spend at least as much time playing my banjo as I spend watching TV.

I set down some ground rules and started the year-long Banjo versus TV project. And let me tell you, the last six months have been much, much more fun.

Month 7:
  • The redhead says my Scruggs-style playing is sounding "almost like music"
  • I try to teach myself Foggy Mountain Breakdown when I'm really not ready for it. Mike sets me back on the path of good practice technique.
  • I purchase what will become the best gadget in my toolkit: an Olympus WS-311M digital voice recorder. In the coming weeks I'll use it to record banjo classes, my lessons with Mike and my own progress.

Month 8:

Month 9:

Month 10:

Month 11:

Month 12:

As you can see from this chart of my banjo hours over the year...

...I logged a lot more banjo time in the second six months than I did in the first. The Banjo versus TV project has been a success!

"So, J.R.," I hear you say, because I can hear things over the Internet. "That's what the last year has been like. But what's next?"

I'm so glad you asked. Stay tuned for the where-do-I-go-from-here portion of my first banjoversary celebration.

Cross-posted at J.R. Jenks' blog

1 comment on “My second 6 months on the banjo”

banjotef Says:
Sunday, June 22, 2008 @10:24:15 AM

Hey JR...
       What a great treatise on your progress!   This is "actually"
fascinating!  haha    It IS so much fun! 
     I got to play this morning for our adult class in church,  and one guy said, "I didn't know you played the banjo.  You're pretty good."
So that's how we go:  helping people enjoy music,  and maintaining being pretty good, and beyond! 

You must sign into your myHangout account before you can post comments.

More posts from jrjenks

Newest Posts

Click for Details 'tab problem' 5 hrs

Click for Details 'ODE' 7 hrs

More >  

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories