Posted by cnsayer on Sunday, August 31, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008 @4:35:44 AM
Thanks for writing. We need to hear from folks like you more often; IE, people who are very involved in the music, and teach and perform. What's wrong with a little "kumbayah" anyway?
Monday, September 1, 2008 @8:13:29 AM
I also really appreciate the different styles presented here. While I have jumped on the clawhammer bandwaggon after some 3-picking lessons, there are some 3-pickers here at BHO that have astonished me with their musicianship and expressiveness (e.g., Manuel Stocks and Chris Cairns). Thanks to the Banjo Hangout, I have discovered the classic (or classical) style of banjo playing. Thanks to Mary Cox I learned more about minstrel and gourd banjos, and thanks Cathy Fink I have discovered (through her pal Marcy Marxer) the cello banjo.
So my banjo universe is replete with musical ideas and instruments to covet and eventually purchase. That should keep me busy and out of trouble for the rest of my life.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008 @8:52:13 PM
Thanks for the update Cynthia! I am teaching again. I don't like to mostly because many students don't practice what you ask and it kinda stinks not being able to move them forward week after week. However, this 16 year old girl's mom called me out of the blue and asked if I played Dixieland Plectrum banjo. I said I play Dixieland but mostly tenor and a little (very little) plectrum. I told her I was not teaching at this time anyway. It is a hobby for me. Anyway after some begging, I said "put you daughter on the phone." She was so excited about some old jazz records she heard and really wanted to learn how to do it. Well I could not turn down someone who truley has an interest in the instrument, especially someone that young and excited about it. It has been very rewarding so far. I am learning plectrum at warp speed now! :) If they were all like her I can't think of any vocation I'd rather do more! Between the preperation for the lesson and the actual lesson time the money is ok. But when a kid like this is digging the banjo this much and making progress, that is the real profit!! She plays a mean accordian too! Anyway your comment about teaching inspired me to share. Thanks Cynthia, your write quite well also!!
Monday, September 22, 2008 @12:18:15 PM
Hi Cynthia: I just came across your blog for the first time. I enjoyed what you wrote and your comments regarding the HO bringing various styles, both 4 & 5 string, together. As a player of both instruments, I still find divisiveness, but not as severe as it used to be. It was good to see you at the "Spring Fling" (you probably don't remember me), and hope to see you there and hear you play again.
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