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Playing Since: 1977
Experience Level: Purty Good

perltone has made 4 recent additions to Banjo Hangout 

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Occupation: Attorney

Gender: Male
Age: 70

My Instruments:
A good old Prewar 5 Gibson with a Huber HR 30 ring and a Robin Smith radius neck, a 1995 Santa Cruz Vintage artist, two mandolins, two fiddles and a no-name Gypsy Jazz guitar

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
All the usual. Present favorites are Mark Delaney and Ronnie Stewart

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Created 3/28/2006
Last Visit 12/4/2021

After spending my youth as a jock in Indiana, I had a roommate in college who played Kottke style fingerstyle guitar. I took that up and got pretty fast, so the first time I picked up a friend's banjo, I could play TITM rolls along with Earl on FMB. Since I was used to reading six strings of guitar tab, banjo tab with lots of 0's on the 5th string was a piece of cake. I used Peter Wernick's book, BNL, and Bill Knopf's "Hot Licks For Banjo". His concept of G, C and D noise got me on the road to improv. After 6 months of a lot of banjo (halfway through law school), I quit school and played 12 hours a day for three years. Luckily, I finished law school and practice privately. I have played in bands in the Chicago area since 1981 and presently play once or twice a month in a quintet with my 14 yr old son on fiddle. He has won about a dozen contests and is trying to learn to play breaks on vocals. I also play fiddle and spend most non-banjo music time trying to learn gypsy jazz rhythm guitar

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