Just a Little More

You know, I suspect EVERY banjo / mandolin, etc. player deep down inside wishes he had started ‘just a few years earlier’!

Like the anecdote you hear about when someone asked Warren Buffet (second richest guy in the world, behind Bill Gates) how much more money he would like to make:

 ‘Just a little more!’

Remember that playing the banjo (or anything else)  is, for most of us, a pleasant distraction. Some do it as their chosen profession and so it’s more than just something we like to do. At that point, you are required to do it if you want to get paid and be gainfully employed. Still, professionals do it to begin with because they like it and can do it at the required level of expertise. Either way, unless you have started at a very early age, you may think from time to time about how much more you could have packed in with a few more years head start.

I think that way sometimes, but more often, I tend to think about the wasted time down through the years when I didn’t practice very consistently.

But either way, it’s water under the bridge. Let’s think instead of what we can do today.

We can set aside time for what’s important in life. That includes getting priorities straight, along with the setting aside time for each of them. The banjo probably isn’t your number one priority in life, but make some time for it in there and, most importantly, stick with your time devoted to each priority!

About Pgibson

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama where I work as a Software Engineer and part-time banjo instructor. My wife Miiko and I worship at Rivertree Downtown. I've been playing various instruments since my teen years. I started mandolin and dulcimer at about age 17 and banjo at 20. I love just about all kinds of music. In terms of banjo styles, I play and teach Scruggs, melodic, clawhammer, and 2-finger styles. I'm also very keen on theology, being a Trail Care Partner with the Land Trust of North Alabama, photography, urban planning, architecture, astronomy, ATM (amateur telescope making), birding, martial arts, and about 30 other distracting hobbies to a (mercifully) lesser extent.
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