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Aug 16, 2019 - 8:33:02 PM
2098 posts since 9/25/2006

I authored a blog on this topic at the Howlin’ Kitty Music website.

What is your connection to your instrument? How would you describe it? What about it calls to you?  What has your instrument has taught you about yourself?

Aug 16, 2019 - 9:41:37 PM



44195 posts since 10/5/2013

My instruments can be moody, like I am on certain days. Some days they pick me up out of my doldrums,, other days they can frustrate me.
What they often do is express something that I can’t put into words, which is no great revelation , since that is the essence of music in general.
What it has taught me about myself is that I’m often impatient, but through the years it also has taught me to acquire patience, which goes hand in hand with a sense of calm.

Aug 17, 2019 - 2:00:47 AM

1677 posts since 9/10/2003

It's taught me that I don't have as much talent that I wish I had to be able to play up to the level that I would like. LOL. But I still love pickin' and have I've met alot of good people over the years & made some really great life long friends too. It's been an awesome journey through the banjo world & I'm still enjoying it!


Aug 17, 2019 - 3:25:27 AM
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90059 posts since 11/7/2007
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Two quotes sum this up for me; My son, (also a performing musician) has “Music is not what I do, it’s who I am” on his bedroom wall. Shawn Colvin in her wonderful song, I Don’t Know Why, wrote “But if there were no music then I would not get through“

My instruments help me celebrate the joy of life, comfort me in times of woe and allow me express my feelings. I’m primarily a guitarist and collect vintage parlor guitars. I love the craftsmanship, beauty, feel - even the smell - of them.

I can’t imagine life without music

Aug 17, 2019 - 4:31:57 AM
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171 posts since 12/16/2012

My instrument(s) have taught me two things. First that I need to practice A LOT more, and two that I have a wonderful wife :)

Aug 17, 2019 - 5:01:44 AM

3222 posts since 7/12/2006

Being left handed with left handed instruments makes me feel a special bond to them since I'm usually the only one around who it.

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:19:40 AM
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12274 posts since 10/30/2008

Patience. There's never just "THE ONE!" particular banjo that is "it". Be patient, they're like buses, another will be along soon.

Aug 17, 2019 - 9:55:57 AM

1936 posts since 5/2/2012

I played (not well) a clarinet in 7th and 8th grade. In 9th I was expected to join the (small school) high school band and was overwhelmed, so I quit. My dad had some musical talent, and all three of my girls were very good musicians, in fact 2 of them played in their small college concert or jazz band, and my oldest grand-daughter is quite talented. So I thought that musical talent had skipped a generation. When I retired I decided I wanted to learn a stringed instrument and settled on the banjo. My banjo journey has taught me that there was some latent musical talent hidden in me, not much, but with patience and discipline I can play good enough to make music that sounds good to my ears. Now if I had the discipline to develop my ear, and learn to hear what was going around me (and not get too overwhelmed and distracted) but still play my part - my downfall in high school - I could get to that next level.

Aug 17, 2019 - 2:39:33 PM

4638 posts since 9/5/2006

i'll never be as good as it is !

terry m

Aug 17, 2019 - 5:54:52 PM

2570 posts since 11/15/2003

" I'm just too old for Loud Banjos"....My ears are bleeding!


Aug 18, 2019 - 10:08:07 AM

145 posts since 9/7/2014

My banjo has only reinforced that I am merely a musical hack. It knows way more than me on how it is actually supposed to be played. If I didn't also write lyrics to distract people from my hack-ish playing, I would not be able to perform in public. In the past couple of years I have also attached myself to an acoustic guitar player who is okay with playing my songs and letting me do all the singing.

So my great charade is now complete. I sing occasionally provocative words and hide my hack-ish clawhammer playing behind a very talented lead guitar player. Anybody wanna buy a CD?

Aug 19, 2019 - 3:31:12 PM

2357 posts since 4/16/2003

"C'mon, old guy, I'm in tune -- get it right..."

Aug 19, 2019 - 4:50:50 PM

3174 posts since 9/13/2018

That I probably would’ve made a pretty good lawyer...

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:26:10 AM

70296 posts since 5/9/2007

Originally posted by revellfa

I authored a blog on this topic at the Howlin’ Kitty Music website.

What is your connection to your instrument? How would you describe it? What about it calls to you?  What has your instrument has taught you about yourself?

Some connections with the banjo are early memories of my Dad being able to play any stringed instrument that he picked up.If he saw an instrument he had to figure out " to get a tune out of it."He let me start playing the family banjo,guitar and mandolin when I was 8 years old telling me I was big enough to not drop them.

I learned that people could make their own fun and entertainment without having to go out and find it.Mom played excellent piano on our Story and Clark and we played a lot,especially when bad storms kept Dad ashore for a few hours.

Finding a complete '29 tb-2 got me into my final banjo with no need to look for another.That was pure luck and much appreciated.

My music has taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to and not spend much money doing it.It's a life-long journey of combining what's known with new discoveries,every day.

Always surprising and interesting.

Edited by - steve davis on 08/20/2019 06:30:12

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:16:19 AM
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1124 posts since 9/9/2005

It taught me to be more patient, and to enjoy the process of learning.

Aug 21, 2019 - 5:28:40 PM

428 posts since 2/3/2010

They all keep telling that I am not worthy. But I do love them all.

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