Thanks for this lovely site and forum! I was wondering how many of You, pickers, are non US bluegrass maniacs and how do You cope in Your countries with access (no access) to live music and jamming.
I personally come from Poland. I started my banjo sometime in 2005, when lived in Chicago. Attending Old Town School of Folk Music let me start my bodhran and banjo playing. I stayed with bodhran for long (celtic music is my love), but I put banjo aside aftern two months or so.
Now, after over 10 yrs, with two children and living in Poland for good, I decided to get the dust off my cheap, lousy instrument (i believe, I bought it for some $150 or so) and dig through rolls and licks.
I was suprprised that Cripple Creek still comes automatically with my fingers after all that time.
I am a guitar player and play mostly with fingers, so it gives me extra trump card with this 5string monster.
There are not many bands and banjo players here, so internet and printouts are the only resources I can go with. Pretty harsh…
Some somples by my hometown band (no, not mine). Enjoy!
1991 Country Picnic Mrągowo:
and something in my mother tongue for a change
another problem I have to face? In the medevial times a monk made a mistake copying old books. Now our music scale is C D E F G A H (sic!) C. Simply by mistaking b with h he made everything even harder for me. I have to bear mind the change when working on both - american and my materials, funny, huh?