What was it that first got you interested in playing the guitar, mandolin or banjo?
Love of music and the challenge to learn!
How long have you been playing and what’s your motivation to play?
Bought my first guitar at 15, got a 5 string banjo at 28(still own it). So I have had various instruments for 50 plus years. My motivation is still the same: challenge of learning, love of music, and personal pleasure.
What’s your favorite lesson on Ben’s site and how has it helped you improve?
Finger picking and banjo rolls
What’s your goal when playing?
Don’t make mistakes
Are there any other instruments or genres of music that you enjoy playing?
I also have a peavey power slide tuned open G, a classical accoustic/electric and an electric solid body.
How long have you been a Gold Pick member?
A long time…back when a lifetime Gold Pick cost $75 (ha!)
Do you have a favorite technique? What is it?
I like flat pickin with and without picks.
If you could play in anyone’s band, who would it be and why?
Could’nt possibly name a favorite because I like so many bands. I am partial to bluegrass, rockabilly, 60s rock&roll and Hawaiian steel.
What type of gear or accessories have you found that work best for you?
I have a (zookies) angled thumb pick that I really like and brass finger picks give a nice sound, all of my finger picks are dunlop. I really like (john pearse) light on the banjo. I’m undecided what to restring my powerslide with.
If money was no object, what would be your dream instrument(s)?
Top of the line Deering 5 string and second or Gibson 1957 Les Paul custom ebony3 pickup Bigsby
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Thanks for letting us feature you, Bruce!