A Banjo Lifecycle

A banjo is…

Envisioned

Created

Marketed

Found to be a source of inspiration

Bought

Cherished

Played

Played a little less

Stored suddenly

Found suddenly

Treasured and played again

surprisingly, stored

Rediscovered by same, played

Reluctantly stored

Languished

Sold

Played, enthusiastically

Played less

Played even less

Sold again, even cheaper

Modified, with disaster

Given up on

Sold in a garage sale

Stored broken

Found to be taking up too much space

Trashed unceremoniously

Long after and occasionally, remembered by someone

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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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