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A Singing Banjo Player? Say It Aint So.

Posted by FretlessinTexas on Saturday, November 22, 2008

Because I have so little self-respect, lately I have been posting some songs and tunes on my Hangout page in which I attempt to sing.

Which brings me to a recent posting on the forum in which an aspiring banjoist said he wanted to improve his singing while playing. He got a lot of responses including one from a fella in Europe who suggested that he take, and I kid you not, voice lessons.

My response to the advice seeker was part in jest and part not -- that banjo players are not expected to sing well, so just have at it and have fun.

Last night, I recorded  a couple of songs back in the mancave that I subsequently posted -- My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains, Kitty Clyde and This World Is Not My Home.

One of our very best banjoists on the forum recently complimented me on my "authentic singing." Naturally, I thanked him but added that my screaching was not an attempt at being authentic but simply voicing the melody as best I could.

Again, if you are a banjo player, you cannot take too much pride in anything, much less singing.

The way I see it, we're here for a short period of time. We cannot take ourselves too seriously, except for the notion as expressed in the television western Broken Trail.

Cowboy Prentice Ritter provides words of comfort at the funeral of a friend. He quietly says, “We are all travelers in this world. From the sweet grass to the packing house, birth till death, we travel between the eternities.”

It's the same recurrent theme in the song "This World Is Not My Home."

Without wanting to preach or offend, my advice would be to play nice (at life and banjo), go down the ladder to help folks who are not as fortunate as you, and go to church and get saved.

Now let's all sing.



6 comments on “A Singing Banjo Player? Say It Aint So.”

Debbielee Says:
Saturday, November 22, 2008 @11:47:45 AM

I spent this morning listening to the music you have posted.  Enjoyed it all.  Hope we can catch up with you sometime.  Maybe Gil's next year!

slimboba Says:
Saturday, November 22, 2008 @11:47:48 AM

hey dean. i think its great that youre singing and banjo playing. im a lead singer, guitarist, bassist . ive been playing banjo for a few years now and naturally im starting to incorporate singing with it.   im for always expanding my horizons and i respect anyone else who wants to.         Slimboba

randyblair Says:
Saturday, November 22, 2008 @1:05:19 PM

Without wanting to preach or offend, my advice would be to play nice (at life and banjo), go down the ladder to help folks who are not as fortunate as you, and go to church and get saved

Good advice!

banjotef Says:
Saturday, November 22, 2008 @4:22:17 PM

Lay on, Macduff!  And,  keep it going!  It is this "real"  and sincere from the heart quality that makes folk and Bluegrass the great thing that it is!

mrphysics55 Says:
Saturday, November 22, 2008 @7:55:58 PM

Dean ...

I got yer singin' lessons right here!

;>)

Eddie

twayneking Says:
Saturday, November 22, 2008 @11:57:45 PM

Hey, I'm authentic too.  My wife says I sound like leaking balloon in a bucket, but hey, I tell her.  "At least I'm 'authentic', ya know?"

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