I am well aware that my blogs of late have taken on a darker, less-positive slant; this is simply a reflection of my continually-evolving life, and my continually-evolving view of life.
My worst fear in life is not what it used to be. I used to fear becoming just like my Dad; I have for the most part gotten past that. My worst fear now—and growing stronger with age—is being forgotten.
I have decided to take a longer tack on the subject of learning. There are so many aspects to consider; I think some extra time spent on “learning theory” will set you up for a higher level of understanding when I actually get to some banjo-specific information. Much of that has to do with our self-expectations; what do we expect of ourselves? What do we think we are capable/incapable of?
Most of the time I revel in the things I can do, but sometimes I wallow in the things I can’t do. I go through this process with everything I do in life, but it is in music that I am most keenly aware of it.
As I’ve gotten older, I have become more and more fascinated with learning. As a child and young adult, I really didn’t care; I guess I thought I already knew everything I needed to know!
In my last blog, The Club, I lamented my lack of professional experience on the banjo. I thought it would be constructive for me—and hopefully a little interesting for you—to quantify the experience that I do have.
There’s an exclusive club that—while I will probably never belong to it—joining it has become my obsession the last few years. That club is the small group of guys/gals who have at one time made a living playing the banjo, thereby rightfully claiming experience.
Click here for M.O.P. examples; a PDF of the supporting documents for…
As many of you know, I have been working for the Clifford Essex Music Company, Limited (out of Fakenham, England) for many years now.
I am happy to announce to my readers that I am initiating Banjosnob 2.3!