Friday, July 31, 2009

Banjo versus TV week 72: Fretted Instrument Guild of America convention

A check-in on the Banjo versus TV project — J.R.'s ongoing plan to spend more time on his banjo than on TV. This post covers 7/12/2009 through 7/18/2009.
Banjo 445 hrs, TV 407 hours

I took a 5-string stroll into the land of 4-string banjos by attending the Fretted Instrument Guild of America's annual convention, held this year in Peoria, Illinois.

2009-07-18 J.R. at FIGA convention

We 5-string banjos were outnumbered by a hundred-to-one-ish, so there wasn't much bluegrass to be heard. But there was lots of Tin Pan Alley. For example, I joined the Off-the-Street Band and played along with:

It was a lot of fun. Big thanks go out to my friend Bill Ihnow for getting me connected to this event.

Also in the last week:

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