Day One of NashCamp

Well, I made it here to NashCamp!

I’m sitting in the Dining hall, listening to the cacophony of twangs – barely a guitar or mandolin in sight. Needless to say, it’s rather loud. I see one reason why only banjo pickers are here; no one else could stand it all besides us.

So far, it’s been a great mix of socializing, picking and getting some quite invaluable advice from the likes of Tom Adams, Sonny Osborne, Ned Luberecki, Bill Emerson and Alan Munde. We just got out of a great hour listening to how Ned Luberecki thinks about fretboard logic, and before that, how Bill Emerson approaches playing, banjo tone, strings and bridges. Great stuff!

We’ll have dinner in about half an hour, then after that, we’ll sit around listen while Sonny, Bill and Company talk about the ‘old times’. Right now, I’m going to go grab my banjo, sit on the very spacious front porch and PICK!

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About Phill Gibson

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama where I work as a Systems Engineer and part-time banjo and mandolin instructor. I've been playing various instruments since my teen years. I started mandolin at about age 17 and banjo at 20. I love just about all kinds of music. In terms of banjo styles, I play Scruggs and melodic and am working on becoming more advanced with single string. I'm also working on 4-finger banjo, which is way off the beaten path. I would like to see more jazz techniques integrated into bluegrass situations; counterpoint, especially. So long-term, that's what I'm doing. I'm also very keen on astronomy, ATM (amateur telescope making), birding, christian homeschooling, martial arts, organic gardening and about 30 other distracting hobbies to a (mercifully) lesser extent.
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