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tortoises, hares, and all that

Monday, April 6, 2009

After a fast start things have grinded to a halt in my musical world. Death, injury, more death in the family have me wondering what's going to happen next. I'd like to go on a long vacation but unfortunately I was on vacation when all this got started.

Anyway, I want to get back to playing guitar at least an hour a day. Just taking it out of the case and banging on it will lead nowhere. I'm going to focus on tunes of the fiddle variety. I also want to tackle a couple of Greg's tunes. I'm not sure I can pick them out slowed to an absolute crawl but I can have fun and learn a lot from trying.

So hopefully soon I'll be back hanging around here some more. I miss the camraderie almost as much as the picking.

Carry on.


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My dad introduced me to the guitar, probably before I could walk. By my early teens I was halfway trying to play. By 15 or so I was into bluegrass in a big way. Most of that first serious focus was on the banjo. I learned to flatpick a few tunes to go along with my love of melodic 5-string. Then the Allman Brothers Band hit me like a truck, no pun intended. I played a fair amount of rock in my 20s but by my 30s music had been pushed way onto the back burner. Then, in the summer of '08, I bought a cheap acoustic with the intention of learning to sing and accompany myself. After stumbling across a YouTube video of Greg Morton playing "Telluride" my focus shifted back to bluegrass. Bought a banjo in August '08. Bought a D-18 November 4, 2008. I'll be 47 in a few months and it seems my life, finally, has come full circle. Glad I survived long enough for that to happen.

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