What was it that first got you interested in playing the guitar, mandolin or banjo?
When I was a teenager and first heard the dueling banjos being played and I bought a cassette tape of it when I went to Opryland USA Theme Park on a High School Trip.
How long have you been playing and what’s your motivation to play?
Approx 5 years. I love the challenge and I desire to learn.
What’s your favorite lesson on Ben’s site and how has it helped you improve?
At my level, I don’t have a particular favorite. All the lessons have helped me. I do like how Ben starts out with the basics and goes from there.
What’s your goal when playing?
To get it right and continue to improve.
Are there any other instruments or genres of music that you enjoy playing?
I like a lot of different styles of music, but I’m only interested in playing the banjo. I like playing Bluegrass and Gospel the best.
How long have you been a Gold Pick member?
I’m thinking since about 2018. And the night I signed up, Banjo Ben sent a message that we where neighbors, only living a couple of miles from each other!
Do you have a favorite technique? What is it?
I’m focusing on 5 string picking.
If you could play in anyone’s band, who would it be and why?
The County Gentlemen, because all the recordings that I’ve heard of them are really spot on.
What type of gear or accessories have you found that work best for you?
Blue Chip thumb pick. Nice leather shoulder strap. A Tuner. And, a great case!
If money was no object, what would be your dream instrument(s)?
A higher quality banjo with a tone ring. I really like the sound of the Stellings.
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would practice much more than I currently do and build more hot-rods!
Anything else you’d like to add?
Of course I like how the website is all put together, and the fact that Cabin Camps are offered. The camps reinforce many of the elements of playing along with others that is taught on the Banjo Ben website.
How did you find out about Banjo Ben?
YouTube videos and I tried the free week trial on the Banjo Ben website.
Thanks for letting us feature you James!!