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Thursday, August 2, 2007

Well here it is, my wife wrote how I got started on the banjo. 2 comments

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Genre: Traditional
Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Genre: Traditional
Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

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Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

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Playing Since: 2004
Experience Level: Novice

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Gender: Male
Age: 60

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I play a custom Frank Neat ( LITTLE ROY 50 ANNIVERSARY BANJO ). It is all Mahogany banjo with a Blaylock tone ring and Flying Eagle Inlay.
Here is Frank Neats web site.

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
- Earl Scruggs
- Don Reno
- Little Roy Lewis
-Tony Trischka
- Bill Monroe
-The Stanley Brothers
- JD Crowe
- Osborne Brother
- Janet Davis
- Andy Cushing
- Church Street Blues
- Any and all Bluegrass

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Created 5/16/2007
Last Visit 1/18/2024

Coming home from a antique store one day, my husband Mark announced that he was going to learn to play the old banjo he had just bought. I knew music wasn't easy, and to say the least, I thought he was nuts! I play piano and a little guitar by ear, and so I thought, I'll try this banjo thing while he's at work . While Mark practiced banjo rolls for a year, I learned songs on the banjo from a Janet Davis tape and how to read tab. After a year Mark decided to join me in learning songs. Music came somewhat easy for me. I sometimes put in differant notes, and play with a bounce. Nevertheless, we memorized four banjo songs together and a couple of fancy endings. By now we had two banjos in the house. But, my timing wasn't his timing, which brought us fifty miles away from home to a excellent banjo teacher, Andy Cushing. Lesson nights were special, kind of our night out , and on the way home we'd stop and get something to eat. Lots of fun for a everyday housewife like me. In the summertime you can find us out on the poarch, and in the winter we'll be playing in front of the fireplace. We have a band and play gigs in the area. I even taught Mark how to play a little upright bass. Friday nights we play at a coffee house. Over the last few years I bet we've made about two hundred new friends, real good people to spend time with. Marks folks play Bluegrass too, and some of the best times are at their house. Wintertime is jamming with friends and summertime is festivals. We have met some of the worlds best banjo pickers at festivals. This summer we'll go to Lodi to see our good friends, the Lewis Family. Yes, that old banjo made me get my guitar out of the closet and we both learned a little banjo too. It sure has taken us a lot of places we never would have been, and given us very good music with a lot of good folks. Mark evidently saw more in that old banjo than I first did, and I'm kind of glad he brought it home after all. Mrs. Rosemary Hathaway

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