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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Im on day 3 of teaching myself to play this instrument. 

I have absolutely no experience with stringed instruments. I only learned to play the piano as a child to appease my parents. 

I bought an open back ortega 5 string monday evening. Not on a whim, but because I've wanted to learn to play banjo since i was little. I have some extra time and energy lately, as well as a reason to celebrate, so i went for it. 

I love the sounds it makes, it's mystic but also silly, playful but eary. I've always felt connected to this sound, i can't really explain it. 

So I've been practicing for 3 days. The tips of my fingers on my left hand are numb. I've got 2 rolls down and I'm working on speeding them up. I've learned to read tabs, a surprisingly efficient way to note music, and I'm practicing moving my hand along the frets. 

Yesterday i made myself a shoulder strap out of scrap fabric - needs some adjustment.

I'm having a great time with this.

I've been told that there are bluegrass sessions that are held in Hessen, Germany. Maybe I'll make it to one this summer. 


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Playing Since: 2024
Experience Level: Just Startin'

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Occupation: Videographer

Gender: Male
Age: 32

My Instruments:
Ortega open back 5 string banjo

Started banjo 27.05.24

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Just some that come to mind:
-Led Zeppelin
-Lord Huron
-Rainbow Kitten Surprise
-Alison Krauss
-Johnny Cash
-The Velvet Underground
-Fruit Bats

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Created 5/30/2024
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An eclectic german/american based in Frankfurt, Germany - working as a camera man, going to college for biology part time. I keep dogs, a snake, some tarantulas and a lot of plants. My hobbies are dance, botany and now banjo i guess. Im here to learn :)

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