Hi all! I am new to the group and want to introduce myself. My name is James and I am learning to play banjo. One day last summer my wife and I were window shopping and we saw a banjo in the window of a local pawn shop. She hardheartedly made the comment that if I learned to play she would let me get one. That planted the bug in my head that just resonated. Well I finally wore her down and she let me get a little 5-string Ibanez. Finding instructors on the olympic peninsula of the Pacific Northwest is nearly impossible. I started by doing Jim Pankey’s beginner banjo lessons and they were really good but I reached the end of those after a few months. I started trolling around Banjo Ben’s website and watching him on youtube and decided a gold membership is what I really wanted for Christmas and my family came through. So here I am! I’m excited to get to know you all and look forward to learning with you all.