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I think I must be the only person here who's OCD enough to work out such a monstrosity as my spread sheet. I think you are right that every one has their own approach to learning. I'd be interested in finding out how other folks here organize their practice.
Do you just throw the banjo into the passenger seat of your truck and pick whenever you get the chance? I bet you get some curious looks when you pull that thing out.
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I have spreadsheets galore that track the most minute things. I'm just much more comfortable when things are organized and easily documented. Thought you might like to know that you're not alone
And yes, I just toss the banjo in my passenger seat and when I find a free moment, I pull it out, pick a little, grin a little, and then when it's time to grind some more gears, I toss it back in the passenger seat and head on down the road. Oftentimes other truckers who are waiting pull up beside me and roll down their windows just to listen.
I bought a Deering Goodtime banjo last week for the select purpose of it being my "truck hound". It's super light, plays good (better than I thought after I had it in my hands), but maybe the main reason I bought it to be my truck hound is because it's aesthetically impaired. And because I didn't pay for a dolled up banjo, I don't really care if it gets a little scratch or dent, or maybe a small smudge of grease on it. My practice time this past week has easily doubled now that it's so much easier to just pick up the 5-banger and grind its own gears.