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Jason Young from Boise, Idaho

What was it that first got you interested in playing the guitar, mandolin or banjo?
Hearing Steve Martin perform with the Steep Canyon Rangers

How long have you been playing and what’s your motivation to play?
6 years on the banjo, I can’t get enough of it. My two young sons really enjoy bluegrass, keeps me going.

What’s your favorite lesson on Ben’s site and how has it helped you improve?
All of it is so helpful, my favorite would have to be Cherokee Shuffle for banjo

What’s your goal when playing?
Enjoy it! Even a little progress goes a long way when learning to pick faster. Be patient and enjoy the ride! Makes practicing go by fast when you love the music you play.

Are there any other instruments or genres of music that you enjoy playing?
During the summer I get to play bass in a jazz quartet, guitarron in a Mariachi band, and cello with an orchestra (quite the mix!)

How long have you been a Gold Pick member?
4 years, I think

Do you have a favorite technique? What is it?
I use the single-string banjo technique a lot. Love it!

If you could play in anyone’s band, who would it be and why?
We Banjo 3 is a fun band, excellent time choices and arrangements

What type of gear or accessories have you found that work best for you?
Shubb Capos are amazing, I bought 4 even though I can only play with one at a time!

If money was no object, what would be your dream instrument(s)?
More banjos for sure.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Go for a run, pick more fiddle tunes on the banjo

Anything else you’d like to add?
Best banjo, mandolin, and guitar lesson program on the planet!


Congrats Jason Young - on GPotW!

I really enjoyed reading your profile and I really was impressed that you are a multi-instrumentalist with such a diverse musical connection.

I also think it is awesome your youngsters are into your Banjo playing. Get them started off in the bluegrass tradition early, right? :wink:

Enjoy your recognition and share often here on the Forum!


Hey Jason! Congrats on being gpotw! Nice bio, I hope to see you around the forum!


Jason is an extremely talented musician and a great guy! I’m honored to feature him!


Nice to get to know you Jason!

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Jason, congrats on being the gpotw. Wow, what broad base of musical instruments you play! Thanks for sharing a little about yourself, and being part of the forum. I really enjoyed reading your answers.


Great to meet you Jason! I bet playing with a Mariachi band is really fun.

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