Do something…

So are you a banjo player?  Are you a Christian?  Wait what?

Yeah so I’m asking you if you are a banjo player.  If you are then how much time do you spend practicing the banjo?  How much time do you work on your technique, learn new songs, improve your timing, spend with your hands on your strings?

If your answer is not at least 4 times a week, then you will not get much better at being a banjo player.  There I said it.  It’s true!  Does that light a fire under your behind?  If it doesn’t then I’m not sure what will.  If you claim to be a banjo player yet don’t play, then a banjo player you are not.

Does this anger you in some way?  If it does it shouldn’t, I’m sharing the truth with you.  So what are you gonna do about it?????


What good is it to spend all your time watching youtube, reading banjo books, or ogling all the banjos in the store without buying one?  So get up and go play your banjo.  Spend more time playing banjo and less time doing all the other things I listed.  Pay ATTENTION – The only way to get better is to put your hands on your banjo and play it.

Onto my second question – yep I went there.

Yeah so I’m asking you if you are a Christian.  If you are then how much time do you spend with God?  How much do you read the Bible, pray, fellowship with others?

If your answer is not at least *4 times a week you are reading your Bible, praying daily, and being in fellowship with others as often as you can, then a Christian example for others you are not.  There I said it.  It’s true!  Does that light a fire under your behind? If it doesn’t then I’m not sure what will.  If you claim to be a Christian yet do not act like one then you are not one.

*I said 4 times as a reference to how much I said to practice banjo, but in reality you should be reading the word daily.

Are these examples above the only things that make you a Christian? No of course not .  There is definitely more to it.  However, if you begin by reading the Bible you will learn how to be a Christian.  If you are a professing Christian and you have not read the Bible, then what are you doing?


What good is it to watch TV, be on facebook, talk on the phone (if that’s even done anymore)?  Does any of this further your walk with God?  All you have to do is pick up a Holy Bible and read, and read, and read.  God calls us to meditate on his word day and night (see Psalm 1:2, Joshua 1:8. NO YOU GO LOOK IT UP).

So get up and go read your Bible.  Read it a lot.  Did this light the fire?  If not, then I bet I’ve made you mad or you are just saying what’s the point?  Well the point is that the Holy Bible is a historical document that is at the very least something a well-read person should be familiar with.  You know I’m right.  So go get a Bible and get to reading it.  I challenge you to read it.  It will change your life.

I’m meaning to address something here with people, not argue.  If you claim to be either of these things yet fail to do what it takes to be the said thing, then you ain’t it. Talk without action is useless.  So get up and DO SOMETHING.

I pray that if you read this you will heed my words and pick up a banjo and a Bible more often.

-in love, Mandy



6 thoughts on “Do something…

  1. WOw this really struck a chord with me (no pun intended). Many I have been looking into the GT Plucky banjo. I just cannot find much info on the tuning of the banjo. The factory website says you can tune it to standard tuning by swapping out strings for heavier gauge…. but when I contacted them they simply replied with “don’t recommend it”. The reason I am looking for a travel size banjo is because I sit as a passenger in a car for 2+ hours a day and feel like this would be perfect practice time. Can you recommend any options. I know you are a GT dealer but I didn’t know if you had any way of knowing/finding out what the tuning options are for the Plucky. And does the different tuning make a difference? Would I still be able to play your tutorial songs?

    • Hey Christine. Hmmm. If you want my honest opinion I would not personally like either one. Miniatures just don’t usually sound good. I’ve went through and watched all the mini, plucky, and little banjo vids on youtube and yeah that just confirms what I thought. They just can’t possibly sound right. Additionally if you make everything smaller, then it will mess you up when you go back to your full size banjo. I have not played any of these, but I did mess with a Martin backpacker years ago in a guitar shop, didn’t like it either. If you are sitting as a passenger couldn’t you just bring your full size banjo? You could sit in the back while you wait if it bothers the driver. You could mute it with a rag also. I just can’t honestly recommend something to someone that I wouldn’t personally own myself. Sorry. The tuning does make a difference. When I had to wait in a car line for my daughter back in Orlando I brought along my mandolin and played it most times. I was in the drivers seat though, so I couldn’t bring anything with too long a neck.
      God Bless you,

  2. Thanks for you advice Mandy. Do you feel the same way about the GT CC-mini? I am just worried about the length of the neck and being able to play comfortably. Luckily I am in an SUV that is prettt spacious

    • Again only my opinion, you know what they say about those… LOL. Anyway, I would definitely try to use your regular banjo and see if that will work first. I just see issues with trying to go from a smaller fretboard to a larger one. Also the sound is just not for me. At the very least I would try one out in person at a shop to get the full experience (if possible). I’ve driven 2 hours away before just to try out a banjo (ended up not purchasing). I’m picky though.

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