Forum - Banjo Ben Clark

Charles Ball from Borden, IN

What was it that first got you interested in playing the guitar, mandolin or banjo?
I love to sing and teach our kids

How long have you been playing and what’s your motivation to play?
9 Years, the ministry, social interaction, desire to teach others

What’s your favorite lesson on Ben’s site and how has it helped you improve?
Basic guitar rhythm, just playing clean, to build the backbone of our singing

What’s your goal when playing?
Really just to glorify God, I have all 6 of my kids playing other instruments as well and this program has been invaluable…

Are there any other instruments or genres of music that you enjoy playing?
We are blue grass/country gospel, old stuff, played a saxophone in jr. high and sr. high school and I grew up playing a drum set

Do you have a favorite technique? What is it?
Nope, just a rhythm player, my oldest son-in-law is an incredible flat picker

If you could play in anyone’s band, who would it be and why?
Born Again or Bruce Frye, both local bands

What type of gear or accessories have you found that work best for you?
I have 3 Taylor guitars, 200’s-400’s, we like Elixir strings w/ nano web

If money was no object, what would be your dream instrument(s)?
I’d buy a nice Martin, I don’t know much about them but know they are really nice

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Continue advancing my playing, I’m a Pastor of a local church and work construction as well, not much time and I already do not sleep much

Anything else you’d like to add?
Thanks to Ben and the crew for the time they have invested in playing and explaining and how they do it, we have been invited to two local public school where we teach every month and your website is always a topic of conversation, we have introduced good gospel music to 100’s of high school kids right in their own classroom, be nice to add some simple voice lessons

How did you find out about Banjo Ben?
Looking for lessons on youtube and being introduced to the Purple Hulls


Good to get to know you!


Congrats on GPOTW Charles. Now that’s an impressive family pic :slight_smile:


Welcome and congratulations! Nice to “meet” you, hope to see you around the forum!

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Congrats Charles on being chosen as this weeks Gold Pick Member

Congrats Charles! I think it’s really cool you can spread both bluegrass music and the Gospel in local schools.


Congrats Charles!!! Keep up the great work Sir!!

Congrats from a fellow Hoosier!

Hello! Gold pick member just up the hill in Starlight!


Congrats on being selected as GPOTW! Sorry I missed it until now…like you, I’m a bit busy at at times. Love your family photo and your taking the time to share a little bit with us. You sound like a busy, busy guy!