So, early in the summer, I found some kind of new awareness on my bicycle. I felt like I was riding better. Kind of like when you learn something about playing the banjo. Riding on two wheels has a way of making me happy. Very much like when I am playing my banjo.
So I read a post here about a Cycle Rider playing a banjo. I thought it was about a motorcyclist playing "no hands" on a motorcyle, meaning with speed. It was nothing like that, but since I had ridden a motorcycle when I was a younger man, I became interested in "How does someone on a motorcycle carry a banjo?"
I assumed that there are cases that mount to the bike, but I haven't seen any. Maybe that is a good industry to go into. Custom cases for instruments that bolt to your motorcycle frame. A case for your case. Available in black leather and studded.
Then the next idea I found was a trailer for your motorcycle. Damn, now I'm hooked. Room for a tent, cooler, banjo and a chair.
And then I found the motorcycle. Yamaha V-Star 1300. Crusing/touring motorcycle with water cooled, fuel injected, turn the key and go, 40 to 50+ mpg, and their advertising theme is "Make it your Own" You just don't say those thing to a banjo player.
So I'm lusting after a motorcycle and I haven't ridden in 30 years. But back then I didn't have the comfort that my banjo would now provide me. I would like to go places and hangout and bring m;y banjo. That is a romantic notion.
Well I tried to dissatisfy myself on the choice of bike and for the money and my needs I'm set on it.
Next step, I signed up for a MSF class. They provide the helmet, the bike and give you two days on the course and class instruction. It's all about safety and not to be missed. Really.
But riding the small bike for the short time brought it all back for me. I knew I wanted this. Memories came back. (Boy was I ever a jerk!) Really. But I realize this guy now is a different person, with the same passion. I never really dropped the defensive nature I picked up with riding a bike, so driving a car opened me up to possible criticism, either eating up the fast lane, or driving like every one wants to kill me.
I passed my course and with passing a written test at the DMV, then I can have a Motorcycle endorsement. I know what bike I want and don't think I'll waver on that so, NOW all I have to do is wait for a year and half til I might finance a gently used bike that meets my criteria. So now the wait.....like having a banjo made custom.
Every work day, I ride my bike. In the early a.m., and at the end of the day. I still am learning to make better, smoother turns on my bicycle and how to make very tight turns. This will translate to my new ride.
All because I read a post in the Off-Topic section. That's kind of how I started getting into banjos, but that's a long story so I tell you about it later.3 comments
Playing Since: 2005
Experience Level: Novice
My Buckeye #123 Gets better sounding all the time.The skin head is as tight as the day I got it, I don't know how he does it but thebanjo is perfect looking, perfect sounding. Such a privilege to play and hear. Some things can't be expressed with words. I just started recording with an iPhone and it is gibberish, but the banjo sounds great.
Stew Mac kit banjo set up as an openback with a frosted top came with a resonator. Early ྂs model. Nice hardware and tuners which function well. Tone ring is no hole and was put on a lathe, by evidence of the surface. The tonering sounds nice. I had a skin head but it busted so now I have a more weather proof head that is more durable
Saga Pony 11"pot and short neck. Has a big ring so it sounds good
Harmony Res-o-tone my first It has nylgut strings but the skin head could be tighter.
I love the Fiddle Hangout and Banjo Hangout Pod casts... my preferred listening at the moment.
Sam and Kirk McGee
I am surprised by how many women players I like due to there playing style.
Laura P. Schulman
John Hartford and his String Band the best
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I had a "Folk Phobia" at one time and it kept me away from enjoying this traditional music. I loved the sound of the instruments in BG music and finally bought a banjo in 2004 or so. No musical training in the past. If you heard me you would know what I mean. No TV, nor Radio for me. I can't digest the commercials, so it is basically Old-Time, on the banjo or stereo, or it is silence. I don't have people I play with. I'd like to change but I am not comfortable in social settings. My mind becomes a race track and I can hardly think. Sometimes it gets too intense and I have to escape. I use to have to be hammered with alcohol, but that's done, thank goodness. Playing alone is cool too.
'Leave It To Beaver' 1 hr
'Rustic Wreath' 2 hrs
'StewMac necks????' 3 hrs
'TB-11 conversion' 3 hrs
'RB250 identification' 3 hrs