What was it that first got you interested in playing the guitar, mandolin or banjo?
To be honest, I was 6 (some 63 years ago) and it was Elvis Presley
How long have you been playing and what’s your motivation to play?
63 years (although there have been some long dry spells) Playing with friends. Not for gigs but just for fellowship.
What’s your favorite lesson on Ben’s site and how has it helped you improve?
Anything to do with theory. I did not learn any of it when I was younger and I sure wish I had!
What’s your goal when playing?
To keep my mind nimble and my fingers moving
Are there any other instruments or genres of music that you enjoy playing?
Guitar, Mandolin, and Banjo. I really love traditional Country Music
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Fish, hunt, and pick
How long have you been a Gold Pick member?
You’ll have to ask Ben, but I think I was one of the first to receive that honor.
Do you have a favorite technique? What is it?
I am a strait up flat picker
What artist(s) most inspire you?
Growing up Doc Watson was my idol. I had the privilege of knowing him for many years.
What do you do for a living?
I am retired
What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
I would love to go to the Culinary Institute of America for a few semesters.