It's been about a year and a half since I started my own journey to learn to play the banjo. It's been a frustrating ride however, trying to find time to practice, a steep learning curve, and feeling like I'm not making any progress. (BHO has helped ease my mind a little as I've read several other posts of new players experiencing the same thing.)
Last month, I started up again. I made a commitment to playing 20 minutes a day...just 20 min. I'm at the end of my 2nd week. I'm still motivated; my family is starting to remove the ear plugs and say it's starting to sound like music, and I don't feel guilty if I don't spend hours practicing!
I'd be interested in learning about practice habits of other "Newbies" or "Old Timers" that have some sage advice!3 comments
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In 2012, I took on one of my lifetime Bucket List items at the age of 45...to learn to play the Banjo. I found a banjo to try, signed up for a few lessons, and started on my way. After a couple months, life got in the way, and my banjo sat on the stand in the corner for many months. This past May, I started up again. Here on BHO, I found a new teacher and have been progressing very nicely and still excited after 3 months. I just bought a new banjo and still manage to practice almost every day.
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