What was it that first got you interested in playing the guitar, mandolin or banjo?
Probably the Beatles, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan and then Doc Watson
How long have you been playing and what’s your motivation to play?
50 yrs. or more. I love music all types but primarily acoustic for the last 40+ yrs.
What’s your favorite lesson on Ben’s site and how has it helped you improve?
I like all the ones that have Guitar / Mandolin and Banjo versions, which are mostly fiddle tunes.
What’s your goal when playing?
Trying to improve my technique, tone and timing.
Are there any other instruments or genres of music that you enjoy playing?
I have a bass that I occasionally play if needed
How long have you been a Gold Pick member?
I think 7 or 8 years
Do you have a favorite technique? What is it?
I love cross picking, especially on the mandolin McReynolds style
If you could play in anyone’s band, who would it be and why?
Right now it is Mile Twelve, I call it City Grass but I love the innovation, original material and musicianship, Junior Sisk is also high on my list of contemporary bands.
What type of gear or accessories have you found that work best for you?
I’m really happy with Northfield and Eastman and I am looking forward to a Gold Tone Twanger, but I will always love my 28.
If money was no object, what would be your dream instrument(s)?
A Loar F-5
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Look for that Loar
Anything else you’d like to add? Can we share this or is this private feedback?
At this point my goal is to get my grandkids interested in acoustic music to get them into something more productive than all the cyber stimulation that seems to dominate today’s youth, Banjo Ben’s site is the perfect venue in my opinion.