5-STRING BANJO, BAGPIPES & MUSIC THEORY
Music has dogged me all my life and I am finally giving in. I can't stop it. It calls me. I have to play. I have to sing.
I minored in music in college so I know the theory behind what I play. In college I played violin and piano. Seven years ago I began playing the Great Highland Bagpipes. I play pipes in a band in Vermont traveling and competing. I am self-taught on guitar and five-string banjo, playing over 30 years, and these are what I perform on most these days along with singing. In teaching I focus on finding the connections between what the student already knows and what they are learning. I am an adult learner.
I have always been musical, singing all the time as a child. I didn't get the instrument thing until I started discovering how tunes worked when I was about 20. I realized after some trial and error that I could sound out tunes on a piano. That led to the Appalachian Dulcimer which led me to the 5-string Banjo. Then the guitar. I was on a voyage of discovery. I later added violin to my self-taught stable. College and a minor in music with musical theater experiences to spice things up. Later I took up the pipes.
I am the consummate adult learner; motivated, talented enough, unabashed. And I can teach you. You already know a hell of a lot about music and I am going to help you make the connections.