[Dixielandjazz] Apologies in advance....newby here requiringeducation

Mike Durham mikedurham_jazz at hotmail.com
Mon Nov 17 20:31:35 PST 2003

Welcome,Rob. The banjo! OH boy, have you let yourself in for a bunch of bad 
jokes! As to type of banjo, I believe the tenor was most favored in the 
20's, but someone will doubtless correct me on that. Again, welcome to the 

Mike D.

>From: Skypilot98 at aol.com
>To: dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com
>Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Apologies in advance....newby here 
>Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2003 18:20:39 EST
>Hello all. 57 year old here who has decided to learn to play the banjo. I'm
>in Belleville, Illinois, 25 miles SE of St. Louis, MO. To prepare for this 
>adventure I visited my local music shop and bought the only banjo they had 
>stock, a Dean 5 string BW-3. I finally found someone who knew a person who
>teaches banjo in town. A young lady names Chris Talley-Armstrong. I 
>Chris who agreed to take me on as a new student (Hell, I'm twice her age!). 
>problem is this. She teaches bluegrass music. I want to learn Dixieland. 
>When I
>told her this she replied with, "Hmmmm, not only do you have the wrong
>teacher, but you also have the wrong banjo." There apparently is no one for 
>around who teaches Dixieland banjo; perhaps someone in St. Louis, but no 
>right now as to whom. I sure would appreciate comments from anyone who 
>read this as to what I might do. Do I really have the wrong banjo for 
>All the research I have done indicates a few different types of banjos, 
>nothing really tells me which type is for what music. 5-string, tenor,
>plectrum.....duhhhhhhhhhh. Boy, do I feel like a real dork! And just how 
>does one
>find a Dixieland teacher? Again, I apologize for my ignorance. This is my 
>posting on here. Please be gentle.......Rob
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