I begain taking lessons from Bill Ganz, who got me started out right. Any mistakes I am making now are entirely due to my own lack of something or other. His approach was that playing the Banjo was all about picking, not strumming chords.
May 9, 2009 I took the big step of buying my own Banjo (a Deering Goodtime II) and returned the borrowed banjo to Paul.
I stopped taking lessons when I realized that they were pointless unless I was going to commit myself to daily practice. During a brief period of renewed interest I took one lesson from Mike Purdy. Mike is Scott's (from DBA workshop) teacher. He had a laid back approach that I liked, and if he is still taking students I very well might see about taking more lessons from him - once I have a daily practice habit in place. One quote from him:
"Don't fuss and worry about buying an expensive banjo; it is just a banjo".
August 2013 and I am getting back into the Banjo with the aim of spending some time practicing every day. On Monday night, August 26, 2013 I attended the Bluegrass workshop with the desert bluegrass association over at Broadway and Pantano.
Scott was there, and has become a rather accomplished banjo player (that is what daily practice and a lesson every other week can do for you!).
Also Carol, who I remember from a visit to the workshop back in 2011 or so; she was very helpful showing me how to make chords I did not know about.
Also there with banjos were Bill and Debbie. JP was there who is a fiddle player, but with lots to teach to players of all instruments.
Bar on 5th fret is a C
Bar on 7th fret is a D
Em is the C chord with the middle lifted
A G chord is x5435
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