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Jul 15, 2019 - 12:03:40 PM
787 posts since 12/2/2013

I'm curious (again): What motivates you to keep practicing the instrument? Is it pleasure (despite fingertips that hurt and frustration at the stupid lick you can't get right)? Is it a fantastic dream (being invited to play with the Earls of Leicester)? Maybe you have too much time on your hands, or you're feeling lonely (and it is too early to start drinking again)? Maybe you chose a particular song when you bought that first stupid, plastic-resonator, bottlecap banjo and you haven't yet mastered it? I'm still running down a dream: Help!

Edited by - flyingsquirrelinlay on 07/15/2019 12:04:30

Jul 15, 2019 - 12:19:17 PM
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206 posts since 3/29/2018

Great question. I have only been playing a couple years, but been playing mandolin and guitar a while longer.
One of my motivations, when I first started, was to play the classic G-Lick...It had always made my spine tingle. I had always thought banjo was too hard, or I had a late start and should focus on what I know, but banjo has re-energized my love of music and I primarily play banjo anymore.
Now, I practice and play because I want to be good at banjo. I want to be "the banjo guy". Also, I continue to make progress and improve, so that pushes me onward....there is so much to learn...
I love banjo and it brings me so much joy to finally be able to start creating the sounds I've loved for so long.

Jul 15, 2019 - 12:45:26 PM

plars

USA

187 posts since 11/26/2007

 

All the chicks man, all the chicks!

Just kidding! Really listening to some players that are so good and talented and the fact that the Banjo is just such a cool instrument keeps me motivated. Also playing in a band has helped give me opportunities to meet people I really look up to in the Bluegrass world.The band aspect also helps make a little money going out on weekend nights rather than spending money out at the bars!

Edited by - plars on 07/15/2019 12:48:14

Jul 15, 2019 - 12:56:52 PM

10513 posts since 2/12/2011

You have to love the sound of the banjo. That keeps you going forever.

Jul 15, 2019 - 1:36:20 PM

Fathand

Canada

11375 posts since 2/7/2008

Mostly, I like the sound of a banjo.
Most of the other reasons listed above come into it in a much smaller capacity.

Jul 15, 2019 - 2:06:51 PM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

23053 posts since 8/3/2003

I've been playing for many years. As a beginner, I continued to play because I loved the sound of the banjo and loved bluegrass music and wanted to be able to someday play along with others or.... dream of a lifetime.... be in a band. That kept me going until I got good enough where I could jam with others and then actually play in a band and then start a band of my own. Dream fulfilled!

I still practice almost daily and still enjoy singing and picking. I'm not as good as I was and I know it. Retired from the band several years ago when my arthritis messed up my picking and I didn't want to embarrass myself or my band mates. Now I play for my own enjoyment, even though mistakes are made and I'm having to slow down a bit. Still love the music and the sound of the banjo.

Jul 15, 2019 - 2:24:06 PM

138 posts since 12/16/2014

It’s hard to imagine not playing the banjo.
Sherry that’s freaking awesome

Jul 15, 2019 - 5:38:59 PM
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R Buck

USA

2645 posts since 9/5/2006

It is part and parcel of who I am. I must play to know myself and be me.

Jul 16, 2019 - 2:50:56 AM
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3632 posts since 8/3/2012
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It's an addiction.

Jul 16, 2019 - 2:55:12 AM
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malarz

USA

421 posts since 1/5/2007

Better than watching tv.

Jul 16, 2019 - 1:38:16 PM
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206 posts since 3/29/2018

I'd like to make an edit to my above post----This video is what ultimately made me keep on after I learned the G-lick..I've watched this video SO many times...it never ceases to amaze and inspire me: youtube.com/watch?v=kXCd_DC7FCQ

Jul 16, 2019 - 2:27:26 PM

2554 posts since 9/13/2018

Sherry, that’s kinda where I’m at this point in my life. I’ve slowed down considerably, But still love the music and the banjo sound.
Bruce

Jul 17, 2019 - 5:56:56 AM
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69708 posts since 5/9/2007

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Originally posted by flyingsquirrelinlay

I'm curious (again): What motivates you to keep practicing the instrument? Is it pleasure (despite fingertips that hurt and frustration at the stupid lick you can't get right)? Is it a fantastic dream (being invited to play with the Earls of Leicester)? Maybe you have too much time on your hands, or you're feeling lonely (and it is too early to start drinking again)? Maybe you chose a particular song when you bought that first stupid, plastic-resonator, bottlecap banjo and you haven't yet mastered it? I'm still running down a dream: Help!


I'm motivated by my earliest memories of learning on our Sears banjo at home.Dad showed me the C and F chords (G was free) and I played with him on steel or regular guitar as Mom played Country and Gospel on the piano.

I look forward to every gig and jam and can hardly wait to uncover my next "new" tune.I learn all the time and love the journey.The banjo and guitar are some of my oldest friends.I can't imagine living life without them.They are a big part of who I am and what makes me happy.

Edited by - steve davis on 07/17/2019 06:01:33

Jul 17, 2019 - 6:56:56 AM
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2402 posts since 4/19/2008

In chronological order, I lost my dog, my school chums, my dad, my wife, my emancipated children, my favorite car, my job and vibrant health. My instruments are still with me and I speak with them daily.

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:25 AM
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3792 posts since 10/18/2007

Do I like playing banjo for nothing more than the joy of playing, or do I want to impress others? I sometimes picture myself on a deserted island with my banjo knowing there is almost no chance of ever being found. I'd keep playing, but I'd sure miss an audience sometimes.

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:38:26 AM
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2554 posts since 9/13/2018

Michael
When the day might come, when a ship pulls up and says ‘ hey do you know where we can find a banjo player?’ You’ll be ready!
Bruce

Jul 18, 2019 - 6:30:22 AM
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69708 posts since 5/9/2007

Curiosity is a strong motivator.

Jul 18, 2019 - 6:58:46 AM
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787 posts since 12/2/2013

Steve, such a lovely memory from your childhood. Thank you so much!

Jul 18, 2019 - 7:48:13 AM

69708 posts since 5/9/2007

Thanks,David.Music in the home (total immersion) is very powerful.

My brother was All-State clarinetist 3 years in a row and my sister played any instrument with ease including pedal steel.

Edited by - steve davis on 07/18/2019 07:50:26

Jul 18, 2019 - 7:52:57 AM
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787 posts since 12/2/2013

Hey Steve, with all that talent in your family, and given your fishing background, you should form a group called the "Lobsterbacks." :):):):)

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:00:48 AM
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Lorilee

USA

13 posts since 9/30/2016

quote:
Originally posted by Astrobanjo

I'd like to make an edit to my above post----This video is what ultimately made me keep on after I learned the G-lick..I've watched this video SO many times...it never ceases to amaze and inspire me: youtube.com/watch?v=kXCd_DC7FCQ


That video was fantastic! Thank you for posting it. My inspiration for the month!

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:06:14 AM
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69708 posts since 5/9/2007

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Originally posted by flyingsquirrelinlay

Hey Steve, with all that talent in your family, and given your fishing background, you should form a group called the "Lobsterbacks." :):):):)


One of my past bands was named "The Wheelhouse Boys".

When I played with Vaughn Meader's piano bar he named us "Gone Fishing" and we wore fish ties.

Edited by - steve davis on 07/18/2019 08:10:53

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:15:13 AM

2554 posts since 9/13/2018

Motivation is motivating

Bruce

Jul 18, 2019 - 11:09:52 AM
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69708 posts since 5/9/2007

Getting rehired at the same places for years and having the phone ring are great motivators.

Jul 18, 2019 - 1:18:41 PM

2554 posts since 9/13/2018

I HATE the phone!!!!! Ugh

Bruce

Jul 19, 2019 - 7:33:27 AM
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69708 posts since 5/9/2007

I'm deeply motivated by the people in my life that have shown genuine care for others in their thoughts and actions.
Those folks that live by their words and who can be relied on are where I get my inspiration.

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