I see there are a few here that play the banjo, so i was curious to hear about what got you started, what type of banjo you play and what influences
I've always liked Bluegrass and Country music, grew up listening to music in my parents record collection, John Denver, Bob Dylan (although never
really took to him), The Eagles, Kenny Rogers and especially Dolly Parton.
Fast forward thirty years and my cd player includes many of the newer folk groups such as The Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek, Steve Martin's albums,
Mumford and Sons, Jayke Orvis, Johnny Flynn, Morgan O'Kane....and many many more.
As for the banjo, i bit the bullet a few weeks back and bought myself a Gold Tone CC50OT open back, a beautiful old time banjo, not big on looks but
sounds and plays nice when you know what you're doing with it. So at the moment it's a nightly ritual of getting down the basic clawhammer bum ditty
and also the basic roll patterns, i'm learning both styles from scratch.
My daughters think it's really cool, i think they've played it more than i have lol.....i can think of worse things for teenage kids to get into.
So what's your banjo story? Did you grow up with it? Were you taught from an early age or is a later life thing? I love learning about the history of
the instrument, so any stories you have will be most welcome.
I'll leave you with two vids, my favourite banjo busker, Morgan O'Kane....and one of my favourite banjo vids on YouTube, a very funny and very helpful
guy called Richard Peek telling about how he came to play the banjo...funny and endearing at the same time.
edit on 12/2/12 by CX because: Spelling