Just my 2 cents. I recently bought a Banjo with the idea that I can learn to play a musical instrument at 38. I love fiddling the Banjo and I love the instrument. Banjo Ben, I think that you are a great teacher and I love your work. You are basically the only online banjo teacher with a specifically “Gospel and Hymns” section, which I personally appreciate the most. But I need you to please consider something:
I am not an American, my 1st language is not English nor do I live in the USA. I live in South Africa and my home language is Afrikaans. We have, like Americans, a lot of folksongs, etc. I don’t know or value American folk songs as Americans would do and I think that it’s quite understandable, although the 1st song that I learned to play was Cripple Creek. So, in short, most of the songs that we as foreign subscribers will learn will be songs that we won’t naturally play with friends, etc.
One thing that we as South Africans, as well as other foreign nations, have in common with Americans is religion. South Africa is mostly a Christian nation as is the USA as I understand. The main difference in gospel music is mainly the newer hymns and gospel songs. We do not have an Afrikaans version of the melody for “Jesus loves me”, “Nothing but the Blood”, etc. We do have “Amazing Grace” (Genade Onbeskryflik Groot) that I purchased immediately when logged into your site.
We do share the same melodies in more traditional gospel songs such as “Love Lifted Me” (Liefde red my), “Nearer, my God, to Thee” (Nader my God tot U), “There is Power in the Blood” (Daar is Krag in Sy Bloed) and “Softly and Tenderly” (Saggies en Teer). I presume that other nations would also share the same, older gospel melodies.
If possible, please consider having lessons in older gospel songs, especially for the banjo, if possible.
I hope that my 2 cents might share some light on how foreign users might view your content.
Have a beautiful day