Sophie’s not sure she trusts the banjo…

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Last summer I taught at a camp in Colorado with Mark Johnson, who is a wonderful banjo picker. Mark is best known as one of Steve Martin’s teachers and he has a unique and exciting approach to the instrument. I was inspired to at least dabble a bit with this quirky but strangely appealing instrument. This year Rocky Mountain College purchased a Deering banjo for me to use in lessons and I’ve been teaching myself by using Murphy Henry’s DVD as well as a book by Janet Davis. It’s been a bigger challenge than I anticipated (I’m used to having my thumb play the low notes), but it’s also been a blast.

So I know at this point in my life that I’ll probably never be able to play banjo like Mark Johnson, or piano like Keith Jarrett for that matter. But who knows; with some practice I might be able to play the piano as well as Mark Johnson and the banjo as well as Keith Jarrett.

Sophie's not sure she trusts the banjo...

Sophie’s not sure she trusts the banjo…

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