They always say that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Well, this dog isn't that old. I'm only going to be 36 in May, and provided that I remember to look both ways before crossing the street, and we're able to hold off the zombie and/or robot apocalypse, I'm doing my best to keep on for a while. I've been smoke free for almost 4 years, I'm trying to exercise, and I'm pondering improving my eating habits.
Maybe when Taco Bell stops being so dang delicious...
Anyway, sometimes, I get a burr up my bum to learn something new. Sometime, this is just a phase, like my desire to start knitting last year. However, to be fair, I still think that would be something interesting to learn, but that's not the point of this post.
For the past year, I've been listening to Steve Martin, Mumford & Sons, and Kermit the Frog a bit too much.
That's right, I want a banjo. I want to learn to pick, to strum, to do rolls, I want to be able to hide down by Eagle Creek Reservoir and freak out people out in their canoes and kayaks. I want to be able to create, and make music again. I like making music. I used to play the Sax in high school and college, and used to own an Alto, Soprano, and still own a Tenor, that's in storage in California.
Story of my life.
So, I've been looking around at banjos. A lot. I mean, I've been haunting Sam Ash and Guitar Center, looking at the different ones. I've been watching YouTube videos every night on my phone, looking at differences between the 4 and 5 String Banjos. I have Banjo for Dummies on hold at the library. Reading reviews, lusting, dreaming, and generally obsessing. The funny thing is, I think I already have a line in on a 4 string through an old Star Trek friend who I've recently reconnected with. If I get this banjo, and if I am able to practice and actually not get discouraged and ignore it, then I shall pick up a 5 String so I can start playing songs using that. Perhaps one like this one right here.
Of course, I also need to get a capo, a tuner, some finger picks, and a thumb pick, as well.
Then comes the practicing. I figure I can get up, and do a bit of practice before work. I could also test and see how soundproof one of the conference rooms are at work in the evening. Heck, I figure that, at 8 or 9 PM, I can take a lunch break, practice for a while, and it should be okay, don't you think?
Now, this is out there. We shall see if it really happens. If it does, that you'll definitely know about it, since I kinda want to get good enough that I can do some of my own YouTube banjo videos.
Since that's what YouTube needs: More Banjo Videos.
Have a great week, folks.