What was it that first got you interested in playing the guitar, mandolin or banjo?
Started playing the banjo when I was a kid. Just fascinated me. What a cool instrument. Back into playing In my 50’s. Loving it.
How long have you been playing and what’s your motivation to play?
playing since my teenage years. Playing the banjo is simply fun. Wonderful , relaxing, just as great as meditation! Cathartic.
What’s your favorite lesson on Ben’s site and how has it helped you improve?
All Ben’s basic roll exercises, foggy mtn exercises, minor study up and down the neck. Simply , any beginner player must learn and great warm up for intermediate player. Loosen up those pick fingers.
What’s your goal when playing?
Increase accuracy, back up play, learn new tunes…jam!
Are there any other instruments or genres of music that you enjoy playing?
Yes! I just purchased a mandolin from Ben’s Store. Learning this now! Guitar, also use all the guitar lessons on site.
How long have you been a Gold Pick member?
My second year.
Do you have a favorite technique? What is it?
Three finger picking, bluegrass. Scruggs style. Love melodic as well.
If you could play in anyone’s band, who would it be and why?
I would love to Jam with Steve Martin, can’t imagine that. Bella Fleck would be amazing. He plays every style, love the melodic. Want to learn more melodic. Let’s not leave out jamming with Ben.
What type of gear or accessories have you found that work best for you?
National picks. Ben’s mute.
If money was no object, what would be your dream instrument(s)?
I would upgrade my Huber. My entry grade Huber is amazing, but I would love to have the higher end style. Love my Huber. Huber ROCKS!!!
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Play more music, lol.
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