What was it that first got you interested in playing the guitar, mandolin or banjo?
My grandpa, who died long before I was born, was an old time fiddler. He played for barn dances all around where he lived in McCammon, Idaho. I inherited his pill bug mandolin, his banjolin, his fiddle and his slide guitar. Ever since I received them I wanted to be able to play them.
How long have you been playing and what’s your motivation to play?
Off and on for years. More off than on, because of too much work and other obligations, but every time I play I notice I have a smile on my face. That’s my motivation.
What’s your favorite lesson on Ben’s site and how has it helped you improve?
I like the old fiddle tunes, because they feel like a connection to my grandpa. It’s great to be able to follow along with the lesson and learn something, and then to be be able to print out the tabs and play them wherever and whenever.
What’s your goal when playing?
Smile. Breathe. Enjoy. Repeat.
Are there any other instruments or genres of music that you enjoy playing?
Some day I want to learn the fiddle
How long have you been a Gold Pick member?
Do you have a favorite technique? What is it?
I just try not to embarrass myself, which is easy since I never have an audience except for me.
If you could play in anyone’s band, who would it be and why?
Indigo Girls, because they’ve my favorite.
What type of gear or accessories have you found that work best for you?
I’ve purchased some very fine picks from your store.
If money was no object, what would be your dream instrument(s)?
I already own my dream instruments. I don’t know about the monetary value of my grandpa’s instruments, but to me they’re priceless.
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Read, write, be with my animals and play my mandolin.
Thanks for letting us feature you Robyn! @robynbrown6