I'm excited. I got the Earl Scruggs banjo book for Christmas...and WOW. It has already been a wealth of knowledge far beyond just how to play. I'm most excited to learn about the ins and outs of the music theory part. I didn't really know what went into the definition of a major chord or a minor chord, now I've got some clue!
It's also getting me to do a lot of exercises...just spending 10-15 minutes at a time practicing one little pattern. I feel like I'm backtracking to the beginning of the learning process a little bit, but I'm hoping that will pay off (and, to be fair, I'm only 4 months into the whole banjo thing, so it's not like I'm dropping back years worth of effort).
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Playing Since: 2012
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5-string banjo, Appalachian dulcimer, mandolin, harmonica, and (the most fun one of all!) thumb piano
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I received my first banjo from my wife at the end of August 2012. It is a Savannah SB80 from Banjo Hut. I knew that I wanted to learn an instrument, and it was down to the guitar or banjo - the choice was obvious. I may never be a master, but I love the sound of the banjo, and I look forward to learning along with getting to know some much more talented musicians than myself! Now I'm finding myself enjoying a variety of string instruments, with an Appalachian dulcimer between my first post-banjo acquisition.
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'Reynolds and Co Banjo' 6 hrs
'Keep the Ark A Moving' 7 hrs