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Aug 18, 2019 - 11:16:18 AM
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What is something you consider your biggest banjo-related achievement? Something that wasn’t easy to accomplish, but you persevered and did it anyway! I consider mine to be transcribing note-for-note Noam Pikelny’s “My Mother Thinks I’m a Lawyer” from a video with poor audio quality (which took a painfully long time).

I suppose one could say picking up a banjo and practicing everyday is a long term achievement in discipline.


Aug 18, 2019 - 12:54:33 PM
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Aug 18, 2019 - 1:43:22 PM
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23350 posts since 8/3/2003

I think my biggest achievement was starting my own band and keeping it going for several years. Great band mates, all pretty decent pickers and excellent singers. Wish arthritis hadn't gotten in the way... I'd still be picking with that group.

Aug 18, 2019 - 3:00:48 PM
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12246 posts since 10/30/2008

Playing banjo on fiddler Joe Meadows final CD. Both 3 finger and clawhammer.

Aug 18, 2019 - 5:45:02 PM



44067 posts since 10/5/2013

Being in the right place at the right time,,I ended up playing on a CBC produced album with Bob Webb, Willie P. Bennett , and others. Sylvia Tyson played it on her nationally broadcast radio show “Touch the Earth”. (it was all downhill from then on.....)

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:58:55 AM
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967 posts since 11/3/2016

Maybe getting The Country Gents a gig at a local school back in the 70's .
The funniest was playing banjo w/ a group being televised live on a Utica NY morning show long ago . The spokesman had a chicken or a rooster tethered to a piece of wood on his desk which went absolutely bonkers during our playing -- feathers flying , squawking , until it was removed & everyone regained their composure !
Never will forget that !

Aug 19, 2019 - 2:46:53 PM



4199 posts since 6/5/2011

Originally posted by blugras77

What is something you consider your biggest banjo-related achievement? Something that wasn’t easy to accomplish, but you persevered and did it anyway!  <snip>

I can play an "inside-outside roll" (?) in the key of G  to accompany my "singing."   I don't know whether playing it with relatively good timing, or convincing myself that it sounds kinda like banjo music is the greater achievement.

Aug 19, 2019 - 3:28:51 PM

453 posts since 11/14/2011

1. Introducing Lula Belle & Scotty Wiseman to an audience of a thousand or more folks at an electric co-op meeting in Boone NC in the late sixties. This duo was the featured entertainment. I was the emcee. The Wisemans were a charming couple. I was not especially a bluegrass fan at that time, but now I treasure that memory.

2. The Stanley Brothers played a show at Mabel Elementary School in the late forties. I must have been a fifth grader. Admission for the school's students was a nickel; adults had to pay a quarter. I was on the campus early that evening when the Stanleys arrived. Carter
approached me to inquire where the privy was located (the school had only outdoor facilities at the time). I remember feeling proud that Carter spoke to me.

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