Not my first jam, but drove about two hours to pick tonight figuring I could find a few relative beginners to pick Banjo with. This was the third or fourth time I’ve played 5-string with other people.
Instead of a beginner group I ran into the guitar & Mandolin players from a couple bands I’ve been in with, and one of the first fiddle players I learned from. Knowing I am way below the level they are use to playing at I felt a bit outclassed (ok, WAY outclassed) instrumentally. Picked & sang for a couple hours and I just barely was getting the steering wheel out of my right hand when we are asked to play on stage
I got burnt pretty bad on a couple fiddle tunes, but kicked off and played decent leads to the majority of our hours worth of entertainment. We played several songs I happen to have practiced, or at least gone over a couple times which helped a lot toward me saving face. Had a great time singing with John & Darrell again, we sang together for several years in a band and it’s been probably 5 years since we’ve gotten together.
I struggled with which Banjo to bring for about two hours before I left and ended up taking my Hatfield, which is great outdoors, but I ended up overplaying it quite a bit on stage. I think I’d have rather had my Yates for the room we jammed in as well as the Stage. It has a slightly lower tone and absolutely rocks on a mic.
Still can’t believe they talked me into playing on stage…but when your the only one playing that instrument…your the best!