Every minute in the day I do not have something important to do - like paying bills, grocery shopping (yuck) cooking or other annoying household chores - I try to spend practicing the banjo.
I've played the piano for years and years; I spent a fortune paying good and friendly piano teachers. They all became sorta tired because I could not get to the point I can read sheet music fluently enough. See, I played the piano long before I started to take lessons, and that probably killed my efforts. I can listen to a song, go to the piano and play it. Not with one finger but with both hands, cords and all included. It's a nice gift to be able to do that but it caused me to not learn piano from the sheet music and thus I never got any further than my own versions of whatever I listened to.
And now I regret wasting all those years when I could have been learning the banjo....
I was born and grew up in a small European country, the Netherlands, or Holland, in the city of Amsterdam. I have been a music lover ever since I can remember. I loved to sing, and to have friends over, play the piano and have them sing. I did hear banjo music and absolutely loved it. As a matter of fact, my (only) brother and I had developed a way to mimic the sound of a banjo, and the tunes of imaginary bluegrass music. But I never knew any real bluegrass songs and that has now become a hurdle while learning playing the banjo. I have to learn the tunes first before I can try to play them.
But I have never been more determent (well, almost) in my life. I WILL learn to be good at it, if it is the last thing I do. And so having the members of this forum as a place to ask anything I want to ask is a huge plus and I will probably exhaust everyone's patience. So be it.
So there, my first entry in my blog. My banjo blog. I have a few others, I make and sell jewelry on line and I do have a few other blogs. But not one as much fun as this one.
Got to go, music to learn, dvd's to watch, posts to read.
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Piano, learning the banjo. Got an RK-80. When I'm good enough I want a Cox, Stelling and/or Hatfield banjo. Not that I am 'good' but already good enough to buy myself an appropriate X-mas gift: I bought a Bellflower. And I am SO happy with it!!!
I absolutely love the Steeldrivers and the Dixie Chicks but last night I saw the STEEP CANYON RANGERS. Fantastic! Also, we have a 'local' Blue Grass Band called 'Snake Mountain Bluegrass'. They do a lot of concerts in VT, on town greens and in theaters, and we try to visit them all. A big plus is that they have The Connor Sisters, 3 talented girls, playing fiddle, guitar and mandolin and I absolutely love them all.
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