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Mar 2, 2024 - 1:00:30 AM
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peterpeter

Germany

17 posts since 2/27/2024

Hello,

this is Peter from Germany. Looking for some conversation and exchange on my Tenor Banjo learning journey.
Looking forward to meet you Banjofriends :-).
For my introduction here is a little home recording of a nice Caprice from A.J.Weidt: Blue Stocking.

Kind regards

Mar 2, 2024 - 4:46:10 AM
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heavy5

USA

2993 posts since 11/3/2016

Welcome Peter

Mar 2, 2024 - 7:08:03 AM
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3328 posts since 5/2/2012

Welcome. Thanks for sharing your music..for future readers the music, Blue Stocking, is on Peter's homepage.

Mar 2, 2024 - 7:50:16 AM

peterpeter

Germany

17 posts since 2/27/2024

Thanks for the welcome folks.
The plan was to put the MP3 file as an attachment to the post. In the end it somehow ended up in the library.
Seems like I made a mistake when uploading. Somehow it will work out.
Glad to be here.

Mar 2, 2024 - 10:21:17 AM
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211 posts since 1/7/2021

Welcome.

The site is a little odd. After uploading the file, you need to click it so it shows up in the "your attachments" area before submitting the post.

Failing to post an attachment is a rite of passage on banjohangout.

Mar 3, 2024 - 7:26:30 AM

peterpeter

Germany

17 posts since 2/27/2024

quote:
Originally posted by A Drum On A Stick

Welcome.

The site is a little odd. After uploading the file, you need to click it so it shows up in the "your attachments" area before submitting the post.

Failing to post an attachment is a rite of passage on banjohangout.


Got it. Thank you.

Mar 3, 2024 - 9:31:46 AM

211 posts since 11/8/2014

Wondering whether you have a teacher or what method are you using to learn?

Mar 3, 2024 - 11:08:41 AM

peterpeter

Germany

17 posts since 2/27/2024

Did not find a banjo teacher yet. Still looking for. But no chance I guess.
Thats why I am here: not to stay alone.
For learning; I am right now focusing on what Rob Mackillop posts.
His Books and Recordings are perfect for me.
Wanna start performing in street-public next year...

Mar 3, 2024 - 11:46:43 AM

5198 posts since 4/7/2008

Hello and welcome!

There’s a great teacher in Germany from whom I took some guitar lessons a while back. He is also a fine banjo player. Most importantly, he is a fine, patient teacher. His name is Ulrich Hoffmeier. He wrote a great book called Stompin’ Guitar from which I learned much. If you are looking for a teacher (online or otherwise) you might want to look him up on the internet. (I’m sorry that I do not know what city he lives in.)

Edited by - Compass56 on 03/03/2024 11:53:38

Mar 3, 2024 - 2:12:05 PM
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443 posts since 2/16/2014

Peterpeter,
Nice to see you here. Unfortunately the traffic on this site is but a shadow of what it used to be. I think the archives have a wealth of information.
Are you on Facebook? There is a “Contemporary 4 String Banjo” site that has a once a month live discussion, demonstrations etc… Ron Hinkle and Steve Peterson are spearheading this project. Check it out.

Mar 4, 2024 - 5:31:40 AM
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1099 posts since 6/25/2006

Welcome Peter. I also came to tenor banjo through listening to Rob MacKillop play AJ Weidt tunes and also listening to the great Eddy Davis. Look forward to hearing more of your journey.

Mar 4, 2024 - 11:10:33 AM

peterpeter

Germany

17 posts since 2/27/2024

Dears,
thats what I call a worm welcome :-). Thanks a lot!
(I should tag member names, but no way to find how to.)

Gonna check out BHO-archive for learning soon. I saw the book from Ulrich H., "Stomping guitar". Might be helpful, because I definitely need to work on my strumming skills.
Among others, I am currently practicing on AJ Weidt "Morning Morning Blues". Got the fretting more or less, except the C-Part.
Then get the whole thing into a somehow steady rhythm... Want to ready to post it after easter.

Mar 18, 2024 - 1:26:27 PM

peterpeter

Germany

17 posts since 2/27/2024

quote:
Originally posted by Compass56

Hello and welcome!

There’s a great teacher in Germany from whom I took some guitar lessons a while back. He is also a fine banjo player. Most importantly, he is a fine, patient teacher. His name is Ulrich Hoffmeier. He wrote a great book called Stompin’ Guitar from which I learned much. If you are looking for a teacher (online or otherwise) you might want to look him up on the internet. (I’m sorry that I do not know what city he lives in.)


Hi Tony, Ulrich seems located in Cologne appr. 50km from my home town. Tried to contact him, but no response. But thanks for the tip. There are good people after all.

Mar 21, 2024 - 1:57:33 PM

johnedallas

Germany

214 posts since 2/18/2005

Hello, Peter,
Nice to see another German banjo player here on the Hangout! I live south of Stuttgart (I'm an Irish-born Swabian, so to speak). My main instrument is the 5-string banjo. If I have to play jigs or reels, I take the banjo-mandolin.

You say you're 50 km from Cologne - in what direction? I used to live about 30 km south of there.

Cheers,
John

Mar 21, 2024 - 4:38:59 PM

237 posts since 9/6/2016
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Welcome, Peter. There are indeed many resources in the archives here, as well as various sources online elsewhere. In addition to Rob’s excellent work, do search out anything you can find from the great and much missed Eddy Davis. Many of his YouTube videos are still up. Eddy was a true champion of four string banjo, especially the tenor.

Do you have any experience with other instruments? I ask because I came to banjo from decades of guitar playing, and several years of mandolin. Playing any of the above helps with the others, I have found, Mandolin particularly, given the similar tuning.

Mar 22, 2024 - 12:25:53 PM

peterpeter

Germany

17 posts since 2/27/2024

johnedallas

L50EF15

Thank you John, thank you Rudy for  your worm welcome.

My home city is Wuppertal. About 300 thousand inhabitants. I was born here 1963 and i think I will stay.

Here is my banjo story in a nutshell:
I didn't choose the banjo. The banjo chose me. That's my feeling. Years ago, the instrument was hanging between dozens of guitars in the music store I walk past every day. A second-hand tenor. I went in, bought it - no idea about music.
Once I'd learned a few chords, I joined the Düsseldorf Banjo Club. The people were super nice. But I soon got frustrated. Playing jazz chords faster and faster - I couldn't keep up.
At some point I tried on my own. It was hard to find a direction with all the videos and books out there. If you don't focus, you won't make any progress. And so frustration set in again.
A year or two ago I picked up the banjo again and focused on Rob's material. That helped because Rob's training material is so good and because I didn't let myself get distracted.

Now I have the confidence to look also somewhere else to learn.
And: At Easter, my family will have to listen to 2 or 3 of my solos live for the first time. Hopefully I'll still get some cake afterwards... ;-)

Peter

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