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Jan 25, 2021 - 2:16:55 PM
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Hey guys! My name is Alex, and I'm pretty new to this whole thing. I bought my banjo two years ago with the intentions to learn how to play, but quickly grew bored of it when I wasn't making the progress I wanted to make. What makes it worse is that I was literally less than a month in when I gave up! This time, however, I really, really want to dedicate myself to learning the instrument.

A buddy of mine suggested that I check out this site, as he's self taught and said that it would be very beneficial for me. Just casually browsing I can totally see why.

I'm really looking forward to interacting with all of you, and I'm very open to all of your advice and teaching. Happy playing, y'all!

Jan 25, 2021 - 2:21:15 PM
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11502 posts since 1/15/2005

Welcome, Alex and good luck with your banjo. You are always welcome on this forum, but you might want to check out the forums more dedicated to playing. And remember "obsession is a good substitute for talent" (Steve Martin)......... I should know!smiley

Edited by - BanjoLink on 01/25/2021 14:21:46

Jan 25, 2021 - 2:27:28 PM

73958 posts since 5/9/2007

Welcome,Alex.You've come to the right place.
So many choices with material and teaching systems.
Good luck.
After you learn some basics find a guitar player to begin jamming with.

Jan 25, 2021 - 2:41:15 PM

397 posts since 3/26/2009

Welcome to the hangout!

You will find all the help here you ask for and some you don't.

Becoming a banjo player is like going to college. Some people start without declaring a major (Scruggs, Clawhammer, 2 finger, whatever). Some declare one early then change it. Some dabble in everything. Some know exactly what they want to do. Some drop out.

Never mind, Banjo playing is nothing like college. If it was I would have been kicked out years ago. Probably wouldn't have got in in the first place.

Edited by - steveh_2o on 01/25/2021 14:41:41

Jan 25, 2021 - 2:46:24 PM

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10655 posts since 2/22/2007

Welcome Alex. Banjos are fun, so have fun with it.

Jan 26, 2021 - 11:24:09 AM



32602 posts since 3/5/2008

Glad to have ya...

Just keep pluggin at it..
You can allways learn to play it yer way.... :0)

Jan 26, 2021 - 12:02:59 PM
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13052 posts since 5/24/2005

Welcome. I would bet 98% of us felt just as you. Fun is the first word, and part of that is to take time, enjoy the trip. Its a long trip, but you will get to your first ice cream stand sooner than you think. Don't let Youtube overwhelm you. Goto the BHO Forum that addresses the style you want to learn presently. get more replies and advice.
Good luck, brad

Jan 26, 2021 - 12:09:22 PM



2815 posts since 11/29/2007
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Welcome; the world can always use another banjo player.


Jan 26, 2021 - 1:19:57 PM

56664 posts since 12/14/2005

Welcme to the HangOut.One of my Personal Heroes, the late John Hartford, once said:

"My art consists in doing what I enjoy. That way, if others also enjoy it, well and good.  And, if not, at least I haven't wasted my time."

Free advice from an OLD Person:

Don't wear yourself out trying to sound exactly like anybody else.

People who want to hear somebody else will go on the Internet and HEAR somebody else.

MORE free advice: Don't waste any energy resenting people who are younger and better and learn faster .

There are so many of them!!  If I had done that, I wouldn't have enough energy left to type this message.

Jan 26, 2021 - 1:39:39 PM
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1356 posts since 8/30/2012

Word of warning: Don't spend more than 15 minutes a day on this website. Trust me.

Reading and writing on a banjo forum will not make you a better banjo player.

Jan 26, 2021 - 4:48:54 PM

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13906 posts since 1/28/2010

Hey, Alex, welcome to BHO!

This place is a great resource - use it! Don't forget, we don't call it playing the banjo for nothing.

You'll get plenty of good advice and lots of opinions.

Jan 26, 2021 - 5:34:57 PM
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3159 posts since 2/1/2012

Originally posted by KCJones

Word of warning: Don't spend more than 15 minutes a day on this website. Trust me.

Reading and writing on a banjo forum will not make you a better banjo player.

Would improve your debating skills though.

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