I recall putting an ad in my hometown newspaper offering my services as a guitar instructor with the intention of bringing in a few extra dollars to support my chocolate addiction, as well as a never-ending desire to pass the torch to the next generation of players.
One of the responses I received was from a fellow from the generation before me asking if I could teach him banjo. Thinking of the chocolate (coconut’s not bad either when added in any fashion), I stumbled on my words and said, “Uh, well, I do fingerpick, I own a metronome, I can read tab and I have a 6-string Banjitar, which is a 6 string Banjo-like instrument that is tuned and played like a guitar.” On the other end of the line was just silence. Not one to give up so easily I sputtered out, “Well, how about if I tune it like a banjo, never hit the sixth string and every time I hit the fifth string just ignore it?”
Originally posted 2010-03-08 03:15:57.