Forum - Banjo Ben Clark

Tim DeRoche from Ulm, MT!

What was it that first got you interested in playing the guitar, mandolin or banjo?
Heard local band in the early 1970’s. Liked the high energy of Bluegrass Music.

How long have you been playing and what’s your motivation to play?
47 years, Mandolin, Guitar and Banjo. Love the music and being surrounded by some of the friendliest folks I’ve ever met whether it is at a jam, festival, or pick up sessions at campgrounds. Its just people having fun with music.

What’s your favorite lesson on Ben’s site and how has it helped you improve?
Lets me try learning new tunes.

What’s your goal when playing?
Have fun, meet people, experience good times with other musicians and audience.

Are there any other instruments or genres of music that you enjoy playing?
Western, classic Country and some Rock and Roll. Dobro is a work in progress.

How long have you been a Gold Pick member?
Since it started.

Do you have a favorite technique? What is it?
Learn fastest with Tab aided by ear. Am pretty good at that away…

If you could play in anyone’s band, who would it be and why?
Wow, tough question: The Seldom Scene. Why? I have always wanted to play with the best. Just wish I could sing like them too…

What type of gear or accessories have you found that work best for you?
High end. Have Stellings, Hubers, Gibsons, Beards, Martins, Taylors… Yup, it has gotten a little out of control, but I love one woman and many instruments… : )

If money was no object, what would be your dream instrument(s)?
Stelling Staghorn and Virginian, Huber Granada; 1923 Gibson F-5 signed by Lloyd Loar-actually got to play one once when they were only worth $250,000.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Practice on my instruments, my dancing and Shotokan Karate.

Anything else you’d like to add?
I was lucky enough to jam one night in 1977 at Bean Blossom with Kenny Baker and Bill Monroe. It was an experience and memory of a life time.

Thanks for letting us feature you @oldfashioncwby !!!


Congrats man! Loved your instrument collection. I would also love to have a Stelling staghorn but that is most likely not anywhere in the near future. Maybe a Twanger within the next year or so.


gif Tim on being selected as this weeks Gold Pick Member


Well, that’s tough to beat. Nice to get to know you!


Tim, congrats on being not only the gpotw, but also for being among the few with the greatest eligibility for being so named! Thanks for sharing. :smiley:


Wow, great bio, hope to see you on the forum!!

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