What was it that first got you interested in playing the guitar, mandolin or banjo?
I always loved the sound of the mandolin. My Grandad played one
How long have you been playing and what’s your motivation to play?
I have been playing “in earnest” for about three years. My hands were always filled with things to do, but when a friend said, “what are you waiting for?” I decided to devote some time to trying to learn. I live about 7 miles from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. There is music in the water, the trees, and the air itself is filled with melodies and harmony. Everyone has a song to sing, a story to tell.
What’s your favorite lesson on Ben’s site and how has it helped you improve?
My favorite lesson? All of them!! I started with the very basics, loved how Banjo Ben explained the how and why of each of the “Basics” lessons. The Scale Studies and music theory segments clicked. The Build-a-Break lessons have been very helpful for playing in jam sessions. Having just come through the Christmas season, I “crammed“ through most all of the lessons on Christmas songs. The video quality and ease of use, as a gold pick member, has amplified my progress far beyond anything I could do for myself.
What’s your goal when playing?
My goal when playing is to produce a pleasing sound, complementary -harmoniously to whatever group I may be playing with or for, and to enjoy and provide enjoyment for others. Currently, I play with others to provide free entertainment at local senior centers and nursing homes. I love watching the music spark a memory, prompt a sing-a-long, or bring a smile to someone’s face.
Are there any other instruments or genres of music that you enjoy playing?
I enjoy playing guitar and piano. I love gospel, country, soul, blues and rock. I enjoy “bluegrassin” a favorite oldie. Wish I had been classically trained when I was much younger… would have made this so much easier! But it is a fun creative outlet. Thank you Banjo Ben!
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Play music of course! I’d probably play all night. I usually go to sleep playing and wake up with music running through my mind.
How long have you been a Gold Pick member?
I think I have been a gold pick member for about 6 months.
What do you do for a living?
I am a retired finance manager for the local school system. My husband and I operate a small beef cattle ranch.
What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
I would like to spend a vacation at a Dude Ranch out west and take my guitar and mandolin with me. Love riding horses and being outdoors.