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brought my banjo to work!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

There was a thread on the subject not long ago and just last night I thought: why not?!  I keep my Bart Reiters in the living room for easy reach, but the old Goodtime is moldering away in a closet.  So why not bring it to work?  It's summer at the university -- today was commencement and no, I did not robe up -- and the work days are longer.  I can close the door to my office for a half hour or so, or even drag it out to a bench in the sun if I want.  Today I tuned it up and played "Worried Man" and I think the professor down the hall picked up his pace a bit as he passed my door . . .


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Occupation: Information professional

Gender: Male
Age: 59

My Instruments:
Bart Reiter Professional, IR 5-string open back
Bacon Professional FF IR banjo mandolin, 1918
Doc Huff IR 4-string cello banjo
Bob Thornburg grain measure 5-string

Various mandolins and guitars

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(In no particular order) Mike Seeger, Pete Seeger, Adam Hurt, Clarke Buehling, Cathy Fink, Abigail Washburn, Gillian Welch, Bruce Molsky, Dan Levenson, Bob Thornburg, Steve Baughman, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Mike Marshall, Sarah Jarosz and all the others I'm forgetting right now.

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Live and work in metro New York. Played guitar as a youngster, what we called at the time "folk music," some agglomeration of traditional, old time, bluegrass, blues. "Folk rock" must fit in there someplace. Dropped it as my life got busy but picked up again in mid-life as the arthritis got to crippling my hands. "Use it or lose it," my rheumatologist told me. My old dread was too big so I started in with clawhammer banjo and when my fingers couldn't handle the downstroke I moved to the flatpick: mandolin, four-string banjo, tenor guitar. Marcy Marxer inspired me to get jnto the 4-string cello banjo, and that's the variety I've settled into. A few months ago I found a small body Martin guitar and now I have an even smaller one; getting back into the six-string is my current focus, but I haven't lost sight of the cello! My primary audience is canine-oriented, likely a good thing given my skill level! -- Robert Harris

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