What was it that first got you interested in playing the guitar, mandolin or banjo?
Growing up around country and bluegrass music.
How long have you been playing and what’s your motivation to play?
On and off about 35 years. I love to write and music is my motivation to communicate how I see and feel.
What’s your favorite lesson on Ben’s site and how has it helped you improve?
All of his lessons are great. My first view of his lesson on cross picking got me started.
What’s your goal when playing?
To have as much fun as possible and not take things too seriously.
Are there any other instruments or genres of music that you enjoy playing?
I love bluegrass as well as several styles of the blues. I love playing the banjo, guitar and dobro. The earlier bluegrass was my biggest inspiration but I love all types of music.
How long have you been a Gold Pick member?
Do you have a favorite technique? What is it?
I move around on techniques. I still want to master claw hammer.
If you could play in anyone’s band, who would it be and why?
Alison Krauss because she’s Alison Krauss. LOL
What type of gear or accessories have you found that work best for you?
I play a Huber banjo a Flatiron mandolin a Guernsey dobro and a Mossman guitar.
If money was no object, what would be your dream instrument(s)?
I already have more than i deserve.
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Anything else you’d like to add?
Ben has been a major inspiration and role model for me.
How did you find out about Banjo Ben?
I think i searched for him after seeing him perform.
Thanks for letting us feature you Ken!