What was it that first got you interested in playing the guitar, mandolin or banjo?
I’m a 1960s kid - everyone in the bands I liked played an acoustic guitar so I wanted to learn. I became interested in the banjo after doing a guitar lesson with banjo rolls and I loved the way it sounded.
How long have you been playing and what’s your motivation to play?
I started playing when I was 10 or 11 and played into my late 20s. After a long hiatus, I picked up a guitar again in 2012. I purchased a banjo in 2018. I play to relax and to challenge myself. It is totally absorbing. And, sometimes you just have to let the music out!
What’s your favorite lesson on Ben’s site and how has it helped you improve?
I am currently working through the Fingerstyle Course to help my right hand recover from a minor injury. It is so well-designed and is exactly the PT I need right now, plus it’s really fun. I have to make myself stop after 30 minutes to give my hand a rest!
What’s your goal when playing?
I am a finger-style person, but I’d also like to get better with a flat pick. Mostly my goal is to enjoy me-time with my instrument.
How long have you been a Gold Pick member?
I was a Gold Pick member for a year or so and I drifted off - but now I’m back because honestly, Banjo Ben has the best and most comprehensive lessons I’ve seen. I also have more free time now to devote to my practice.
Do you have a favorite technique? What is it?
Fingerstyle, bluegrass banjo.
What type of gear or accessories have you found that work best for you?
I love my Taylor Guitar and my Deering Banjo.
If money was no object, what would be your dream instrument(s)?
I’m really happy with what I have, but I’ve always dreamed of a vintage Martin.
Thanks for letting us feature you @lsterling56 !!!