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Thursday, January 28, 2016


Been a member for awhile, but never did much here. Just wanted to say hi.

I've been playing a little over 40 years. I've been lucky enough to find two groups of excellent musicians to play with over that time. Currently, I play with a part-time group called The New Pioneers. We have several videos on YouTube. If you're interested, go to YouTube and search for Melvoid New Pioneers.

I have also been writing books for the Hal Leonard "Play-Along" series. In fact, I just finished the 5th or 6th one, "Gospel Banjo."

I may have more to say later, but for now, just thought I'd introduce myself.





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Playing Since: 1975
Experience Level: Expert/Professional


Occupation: Technical Writer, recording engineer, voice-over talent.

Gender: Male
Age: 66

My Instruments:
5-String Banjo, guitar, bass, French Horn (majored in college), dulcimer, others.

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
The Beatles, The New Pioneers, Alan Munde, Doug Dillard, Jim & Jesse, Lonesome River Band, Dennis Brain, etc.

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Created 1/13/2014
Last Visit 2/16/2024

Been playing banjo since 1975, majored in music education, taught middle school band for awhile, worked as a session musician in Nashville, and as an engineer. I now own a studio in Wisconsin that's keeping me busy, and have recently been writing banjo books for Hal Leonard Publishing for their Play-Along series. So far I've written a bluegrass book, a country book, a Christmas song book, one of current folk/pop hits, and a gospel collection. Most recently, "Do-It-Yourself Banjo," also through Hal Leonard. Some videos of my band, The New Pioneers, are on YouTube. Open YouTube and search "melvoid new pioneers," without the quotes.

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