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Ambition and Apprehension.

Posted by sasastorme on Sunday, October 26, 2008

I set out over a year ago to make my desire to play banjo an reality. Since then I have picked it up about a dozen times and it sits crying to me in the corner on it's stand. I look at it and apologize with all of my soul and go back to ignoring it. In the meantime school and life has taken over and it became...."I will get to it later". Enough. I joined this group and I find everyone very inspiring. I am so happy to see other female Banjoists. When I first was searching for fingerpicks for my very small fingers, a man at a local music store asked me why I needed them...I responded for my banjo...he laughed and said, "Young female that's a dying breed" and walked away. So to all you women I see hanging around I am saluting you with great respect and admiration. (I gave up on fingerpicks they always fall off). After I put up a post on the forum here about finding a CH teacher here in Kalamazoo..I was directed to Joel Mabus. I emailed Joel and was so happy to find in my inbox the very next morning a lil' ole email responding to me. I talked to some of the folks at work and realized that I had heard him play on Grassroots several times. My excitement turned into something greater. My dream is about to become a reality and I get the pleasure of learning from one of the best around. To be continued.....

7 comments on “Ambition and Apprehension.”

pete hobbie Says:
Sunday, October 26, 2008 @3:12:58 PM

Good luck's a fun road to go down.

sasastorme Says:
Sunday, October 26, 2008 @6:13:11 PM

Thanks Pete :)

bsa Says:
Sunday, October 26, 2008 @7:37:52 PM

The journey has begun.
Good luck


Texasbanjo Says:
Monday, October 27, 2008 @5:32:02 AM

If you're interested in small fingerpicks, you can find them at -- they come in small size and light gauge -- just what a female needs.  I have several sets that I keep in my banjo case, my purse, etc. just in case I get a chance to play a banjo when I'm out.

There's a whole lot of female banjo players out there -- so you aren't alone at all.

Good luck.

sasastorme Says:
Monday, October 27, 2008 @7:12:24 AM

Thanks everyone! Texasbanjo~~ I will keep that in mind. I love Elderly music!

lori nitzel Says:
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @3:04:38 PM

yay! i've always wanted to see joel mabus; how lucky you are to get to learn from him! :) hope it's awesome.

Kevin G Says:
Saturday, May 9, 2009 @2:18:13 PM

Hey Crystal,

6 months later how are your lessons coming along? I know it is tough to keep going, but I think that as long as you do, at whatever pace, you will find yourself making progress. I hope the reason you have not updated your blog is that you are busy playing and not posting.

My best,

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