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Get your moonshine!

I may or may not have mentioned that Kandis got me a banjo for my birthday. Actually, I just checked the archives, and I did not. This past weekend, I started learning to play my first song on the banjo, and the file I've linked to here shows the fruits of my labor.

I'm still learning, so it's played much slower than it normally would be by an accomplished banjo player. There are a couple of unintended tempo changes due to my newness and excitement, but heck, I think it sounds Appalachian enough for you all to break out the moonshine! Have fun, and I'd love to hear your comments, even the harsh ones.

Cripple Creek.mp3

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  1. We listened to your sample banjo song, Rob - sounds great! I can tell right now that you will pick it up fast and be very good at it. Keep playing music - it invigorates the soul.

    (I'll pass on the moonshine)

    Dad

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  2. I love it. Keep playing. I watn to hear more. You know my daddy played banjo. He was much more a strummer than a fine picker though.

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  3. Thanks! I can play it a little faster and more accurately now. I think it's time to learn a new song. Never thought I'd have so much fun with the banjo :-)

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