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John Henry Wright
Playing Since: 1968
Experience Level: Intermediate
Occupation: Retired Engineer
Ozark RB3 with Stewart MacDonald flathead tone ring.
Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, Gary Bates, Andrew Buchanan, Hans Holzherr,Chip Arnold, Willow Osbourne - in fact, anyone who can play better than me - which probably means most players on BH !!!
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Last Visit 3/28/2020
Started in 1968 after hearing Scruggs playing Foggy Mountain Breakdown in Bonny & Clyde film. Originally had a Museema banjo (cheap east european contraption) - did me quite well at first but neck eventually warped so badly that for the past 20 years I hardly played at all. Then started finding bluegrass on You-Tube and got going again. Bought new Ozark RB3 (Can't afford anything decent and American) and have improved it by fitting a Stewart Macdonald tone ring which makes it sound as if it cost twice as much! I don't know many tunes but what I can play is not too bad. I am not what you would call a natural player and almost everything I know has been learned from tabs or by copying other people. Apart from playing banjo, I also drive steam trains, fly radio controlled model aircraft and cycle - my son and I cycled from Lands End to John O'Groats in 2007 (end to end of the UK) - 912 miles in 13 days (with no support vehicle), which I think is not too bad for a 60 year old.
'Tam Lin...In Four Keys' 13 min
'Tam Lin...In Four Keys' 16 min
'new Prucha flange' 3 hrs
'Ebony banjo pip?' 3 hrs
'Lesson Website' 5 hrs