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(apparently I'm always scowling when I play, I call it concentrating) :
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I have that problem too Jim. When I play in church, my wife and even other members have told me that I look mad. I'm so focused on trying to do well, that I can't relax and just enjoy it. Not to mention that I'm a nervous mess. I guess the better we get, the easier it becomes to play, which will give us more confidence, which will make it more fun to be in front of my church family (or whoever we may be playing for), which in turn creates a happy, relaxed, glad I'm here, can't wait 'till I get to do this again face. Whewww!!! I'm outa breath! Keep doing it is the answer.
I was at Galax last year and saw the guitar, mandolin and dobro contests. (A friend of mine got third on dobro). I hate to say, but sitting there watching over and over, kinda got old. I had more fun walking around and seeing all the jams going on throughout the campgrounds. Alot great music going on. Too bad we couldn't have gotten our years together at Galax.