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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?????

DO SOMETHING……

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?

DO SOMETHING……

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

 

Unboxing my new banjo!

It’s finally here everyone!!  I had things to get done before I could open it so I’ve brought you along for the ride.  Hope you enjoy!  The banjo is a Gold Tone CC-OT.

I got this banjo for several reasons.

  1. Weight – it weighs less than my WL-250
  2. Depth – the pot isn’t as deep and just for comfort
  3. I needed something that might not hurt as much if I play standing.  My WL is heavy and it hurts my neck and shoulders when I play with a strap on it.
  4. I also wanted something that was less expensive to be outside in the garden playing and toting around with me wherever I go.  Not that this is cheap by any means, but it does cost less than the WL.
  5. GT and everyone has had to change from rosewood fretboard material to blackwood.  I wanted something made with this material to give it a good review.
  6. Plus it’s never really a bad time to buy a banjo right?????

You can expect me to be playing this banjo in my videos and I’ll bet you can tell some unique differences in sound.

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If you are interested in banjo lessons visit my website – Lessons

Without further ado, here it is up close!

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Psalm 119:105 – Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

-Mandy

 

Get back on the horse…

And we’re off.  2018 is now upon us all.  So you haven’t played banjo in a long time.  That poor banjo is gathering dust in the closet, stuck on your wall, or heck you can’t really remember where it is exactly.

pull_hair_out Where did I put it?????

If you haven’t played in awhile why not make a fresh start in 2018?  Get back on that horse and let’s play.  I offer lessons in various ways.  I have a YouTube Channel that is full of great videos. I also offer a video lesson pack for sale and an ebook with audio exercises to get you going.  Get those HERE.

To get started again just grab that banjo and dust it off a bit.  Tune it up and watch this.

Take your time.  Take your time.  Take your time.  Yes, I’m asking you to just slow down and enjoy the process.  No matter why you put your banjo down in the first place, it doesn’t really matter.  But there is a reason you own a banjo.  Something made you want to learn to play it.  Maybe you played Scruggs style, maybe this maybe that.  If you haven’t tried this style (clawhammer, frailing, Old-Time), then you haven’t seen how happy this style can make you.  Give it a shot.

Hope to hear from you!  If you like what you see on my YouTube channel, make a comment to say hello.  Be sure to like my FB page too.

Mandy

 

No More Rosewood, oh my…

In case you didn’t know, 300 types of rosewood (and some other wood) has recently become very regulated.  If you would like to read more 2017 Regulations

What does this mean Mandy?  This means that any new instrument you purchase will not be made of rosewood (or these other woods).  Does it mean that my rosewood instrument that I already have is illegal, oh no??  No it does not.  It just means that you cannot take that instrument out of your country.

Why are you telling me this Mandy? Well, I’m telling you because any new instrument you purchase through me (as a dealer for Gold Tone and it’s partners) will not have a rosewood fretboard.

-Would you like to learn banjo?  Check out my eBook or video lessons pack HERE

This leads me to happily say I’m getting a NEW BANJO!!!  YIPPIE, that’s always a good thing am I right?  Do the happy dance –

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY YIPPIE!!

I’m getting a new banjo so that I can show you the new wood used in Gold Tone fretboards and review it for you, wink wink!

The new wood used will be Australian or New Zealand Blackwood.  Here are some interesting facts about this Australian Blackwood

Gold Tone will be getting the banjo I’m purchasing back in stock in early January.  I’ll have a full review once I get it and I’ll be playing it a LOT (reasons why will be in another post).

I feel weird not putting a photo into my blog post so here is a random photo for your viewing pleasure.  This is a coat rack my husband made for us out of CEDAR.  I am talking about wood so yeah.  We got the board from a man who sells them at the flea market, and some nice cast iron hooks from another vendor there.  Hubby sanded the board and installed the hooks and there we go.

-Mandy

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My #1 video for a reason

This is my #1 video of all time for a reason.  Well several reasons actually.

  1. It’s short
  2. It’s fun
  3. Breaks the technique down into 3 easy steps

If you simply follow these 3 steps you will be playing banjo in no time.  Do heed what I say about repetition though.  If you take your time with this and do it right you will have all the tools necessary to play any song easily.

From here you add on to make a song more “yours” or more “challenging”.  The best part about this method is that it’s so versatile.  You can switch it up using simple techniques and sound really good.

If you would like my lessons I have both an eBook with audio exercises, and a video lessons pack.  Both have wonderful information and both come with printable/saveable materials.  To learn more or to purchase visit Banjo Lemonade Lessons

-Mandy