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Playing Since: 1979
Experience Level: Purty Good
Occupation: Software Engineer
I have an old Alvarez Montana Five Star (4286) that I beleive was built in the late 60s or early 70s. I bought it in 1982 in a music shop in Lubbock Texas.
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I’m a Software Engineer for a large I.T. consulting firm. I started playing the banjo in 1979. By 1990, I was practicing a consistent 2 hours every day and my wife, Rottweiler and I attended all the Bluegrass festivals we could find in and around the Houston area. I had the pleasure of studying banjo with an instructor in Houston named Tony Ullrich. I never got to meet Earl but we met Bill Monroe one evening at a venue called Rutherford’s in Houston. We met Dr. Ralph Stanley at a Jr. College in Odessa, Texas and met and spoke at length with Alan Munde at a Steak and Ale in Houston (We’re originally from West Texas.) They had the greatest shows at that Steak and Ale. Perhaps they still do. I haven’t been back to Houston in years. Some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met. Well, I got busy with work when we moved back to Midland, Texas and the festivals required lots of driving. Eventually I stopped consistent practice and my banjo skills slowly started to atrophy. Now I'm playing 30 or 40 minutes every evening and it's starting to sound better. KD
'Mill Town Blues banjo tab' 40 min