I started playing the five-string banjo in the fall of 2003.  I had just graduated from university, and I really wanted to challenge myself in a way that didn’t involve textbooks.  I decided to learn a new instrument.

My dad had (and still has) a Takamine guitar that I played around with a little bit.  I liked playing it, but what I really liked was finger-picking.  Strumming, I wasn’t so interested in.  So I decided to learn an instrument that was all finger-picking, all the time.

I bought a five-string banjo at a tiny music store in Bracebridge, Ontario (Canada) and, despite my earlier vow to avoid textbooks, an instructional book by the banjo virtuoso Earl Scruggs.

I’ve been playing ever since.

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