Banjo – It’s Good for What Ails Ya

Back before I ever learned to knit, I spent my first winter in Alaska in a small, Park Service cabin in Denali Park.

Quinn-dog loved to sing along every time I played banjo... at least, I think he loved it.

If you’re living alone in the middle of the frozen tundra, a banjo is a great thing to have.

"As soon as a child is born, he or she should be issued a dog and a banjo." ~ Charlie Brown

It’s cheerful, helps pass the time, and being alone, you don’t have to feel bad practicing your frailing technique over & over on the same three chords.

My nephew, Chad's first old time banjo lesson, 1996.

Once I learned to knit, I spent less time with my banjo. After all, there’s only so much fidgeting with your fingers a girl can fit into a day…

But last June, I went to Miles of Music Camp on Lake Winnepesaukee, and fell in love with my banjo all over again.

After 16 years, I’m still just a beginner, but I love me some old time banjo!

What about you? Do you play the banjo? (Or would you rather not admit that in public? 😀 )

8 thoughts on “Banjo – It’s Good for What Ails Ya

  1. No one should be ashamed of playing the banjo! I wish I could play but I just picked up the ukulele and the violin so the banjo will have to wait awhile. Great playing, you do not sound like a beginner!


    • You’re picking up 2 new instruments?? Good for you, Kat!

      My husband tried fiddle lessons for a while and was dejected at how hard it was…

      Thanks for the encouragement… I always feel like I should be further along, but it doesn’t diminish my enjoyment.

      Banjo is such a happy instrument! It does get an undeserved bad rap.

      Thanks for visiting! 😀


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