Gary was playing the banjo for over 50 years. He got started playing the banjo because of the Andy Griffith Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, and the Glen Campbell Show (they all had banjos in them) and, at the time, he perceived the sound as “very intriguing.” He played the guitar and found learning to play the banjo “enlightening.”
Gary tried to transition on his own, “of course that’s what people do, then you start from the beginning . It’s exciting to learn the right way.” Gary noted that it was difficult going from guitar to banjo because “you couldn’t just take your guitar skills and carry them over to the banjo. It’s a completely new instrument.”
Gary used to give banjo lessons but didn’t at the time of this interview. Gary also played the ukulele which he picked up in the same way that he picked up the banjo, that is, by seeing it on television and finding it intriguing.
Gary’s banjo was a Gibson and made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. His previous banjo was made in Georgia and his banjo prior to that was made in Long Beach, California, USA.
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