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Playing Since: 1961
Experience Level: Purty Good


Gender: Male
My Instruments:
Open back Wildwood banjo

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
The Original "Waybacks" Jens Kruger, Houston Jones, lots more too much to list.

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Created 6/13/2010
Last Visit 5/16/2023

Pete Seeger was my original inspiration to take up the banjo. At that time (1961) his book was about the only one available, and it was my only real instructor. I have to say I was a slow learner, but like anyone who gets hooked on the banjo, I stuck at it and eventually found my voice. I say voice, because like Seeger, I see the banjo as primarily a rhythm instrument for vocal expression. Over the years my playing has evolved into a somewhat unique direction that I call expert primitive banjo. Primarily a frailing style (though the older term rapping the banjo is more appropriate to what I do) but with mix of finger picking and complicated strumming more like a plectrum. I never use either picks or capos and have a chordal approach to the music. I have resolutely an amateur player, in the sense that I play for the love of the playing, singing and the community of musicians. I have always resisted commercialization of the music, for many reasons, not the least of which is the terrible consequences I have seen affect others who have tried to follow that path. Keep the music free.

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