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The 5-string Banjo: What Keeps Me Playing

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Genre: Bluegrass
Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Genre: Bluegrass
Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Genre: Bluegrass
Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Genre: Bluegrass
Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

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Playing Since: 2010
Experience Level: Novice

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Gender: Male
Age: 27

My Instruments:
Washburn B160K

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Favorite bands: Dailey & Vincent, The Dillards, The Lonesome River Band, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.

Favorite musicians: Jessie Baker, Joe Dean, Earl Scruggs, Douglas Dillard, and Sammy Shelor.

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Created 3/1/2011
Last Visit 7/29/2018

One day I thought to myself, "wouldn't it be great if I learned to play the banjo?" That "seed" (if you will) was planted by Douglas Dillard. I had watched the Darling boys for years; and as I got older, I became attracted to the banjo and bluegrass music. I rented a banjo in November, 2010 to give it a try. For about a month I just messed around with it to see if I would want to make a commitment to learn the banjo. I made that commitment a month after first picking up the rented banjo by beginning lessons. Finally, in late January of 2011, I received my first banjo as a birthday gift: my Deering Goodtime II, which I still play. At last, I was seriously learning to play the banjo. I made a good decision in taking up the banjo. Yes, there's been times when I get really frustrated with it. But when a difficult song finally clicks, it's the greatest thing in the world. You think to yourself, "I've got it! This song sounds almost like Earl is playing!" That's a great feeling. Happy picking!

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