Yep the rumors are true......I do have a Patreon Page! I post vids of my banjo and ukulele playing there. Video lessons are forthcoming. I was teaching privately on Zoom,however since people have been returning to their jobs I think it's easier on me and students to have lessons that can be accessed anytime! You can visit my page here.
The appearance of flappers. Art Deco. Ukulele first gaining popularity. Tenor banjos being one of the hottest things since sliced bread. And here we are,a century later. Ukulele has had it's ups and downs in the decades that followed but is still riding an amazing wave of popularity.
I'm betting that tenor banjo could make a big comeback this decade. I purchased one last year,a Goldtone AC-4,slightly used. First I strung it and played it as an Irish tenor,but then got an interest in Western Swing,blues,and swing jazz. So I switched back to viola tuning (CGDA) I'm learning,and finding the books for learning this instrument are pretty limited. That hopefully will change in the years to come.
So for this year,I'm going to focus the blog mainly on ukulele and tenor banjo and see what develops.
I had spied this on eBay about a week ago as a BIN at an amazingly low price. I was looking for a mandolin I could take along with me to different venues without worrying about it. This particular listing caught my eye for two reasons: it's a brand that usually produces a ho hum response and it was also professionally set up before being listed for sale. For under $70, (Including shipping) I now had a set up inexpensive mandolin.
Now I had heard good things about Rogue mandos in the past- I was always suspicious of them due to the low price tag. It arrived yesterday and I must say this one has the best set up of all the mandolins I own except for the Ovation my Dad gifted me many years ago. Rogues are amazingly solid built- it's one of the heavier mandos I own. And the tone,while it needs some "opening up" ie playing,is actually decent. The tuner buttons are actually metal. So this for those looking to get into mandolin or if,like me,they were looking for a good "busking buddy".
I originally took up banjo in the 90's.but as they say,life got in the way in a huge way,and my banjo sat in it's case in storage for more than a few years. At the encouragement of my Dad in the early 21st century,he took me to get the banjo,and I started learning all over again. I've been playing 5 string now for about 15 years,and while I've played & taught bluegrass,I have went into teaching clawhammer and 2 finger style as they're much easier to learn for beginners.
And I finally found a very nice tenor banjo that I play in Irish tenor tuning (which I refer to as fiddler tuning) and I play old time,blues,bluegrass,and 1920's tunes on that. With the centennial of the Roaring 20's on the doorstep,I thought playing tenor banjo would be a hoot!
And yes,I play fiddle as well. Taking that up was something I wanted to do since I was a kid and my mother wasn't going to have any of it. I started learning these instruments in middle age,so any of you reading this who might be thinking "I'm too old",don't fall for that nonsense.
What I'm wanting to share here are banjo TABs,banjo reviews,and other helpful info for you players out there,as well as words of encouragement in your banjo journey.
This Uke Teacher
Initially wanted nothing to do with ukulele because as a kid,Tiny Tim totally creeped her out. She didn't get curious till around 2010 when it seemed many of her co workers were taking it up. She decided to give it a try.