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Back From Bali

Posted by SkaStan on Thursday, October 9, 2008

So back from Bali a married man! Had two weddings as my new wife is Hindu, there was a hindu ceremony followed by christian one two days later. So whats this to do with banjo pickin? Nothing at all but just wanted to mention it. Had the 'jo with me ofcourse but sadly did not play nearly as much as I intended. This was partly due to organising the weddings but also we were staying in a hotel with thin walls and being the polite man I am I did not want to disturb the neighbors as my playing at present is not really for human consumption.

While in Bali I came across another picker! There was a Balanise Celtic music band playing across the street from a restraunt I was eating at, but although I could see and hear them (not bad) it was a private party and I could not just walk in. Anyway as I plan to move to Bali permanently next year its good to know there are other banjonistas there.

I took along the Earl Scruggs book to learn from. To be honest (and i know i'll get lynched for this) I was a little disappointed. The history and the biography were very interesting, but having just finished Bill Evans book I did not find as many new ideas as I had expected. It was great to hear Earl on the CD, but the jump from the basics explained in the first half of the book to playing the tunes in the second just seemed to great. So to bridge this gap I am now getting stuck into which I am sure will help. Still on my mission to master Scruggs style, its just going to take slightly longer than antisipated.

Was changing the strings (Earl lights to Bill Keith Meds) and trying this tap tuning thing on the head, still not really grasping it, kept the Sweet Power II bridge on. At first was not happy with the sound but this morning it seemed good. Much prefer med strings! Have ordered a new head, tail piece and couple of bridges from Janet Davis with a plan to alter the sound big time, just not sure to what exactly but thats what experimentings all about.

Its good to be able to practise at home again!

2 comments on “Back From Bali”

campbelldb Says:
Thursday, October 9, 2008 @11:12:26 AM


Enjoyed reading your interesting post and congrats on the wedding!



SkaStan Says:
Friday, October 10, 2008 @4:18:12 AM

Thanks Dan. It was quite a month!!

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