The hardest type of guitar to play was the banjo as it would not play easily at all.
So how do you play the banjo?
Well I just pick it up and I try to play it with the least possible effort. The guitar is a very powerful instrument, even though it’s got lots of little tricks and sounds that are hard to get. The way I play the banjo is that I pick it up with the other hand, I do not pick it up with the fingertips. I let that come off the edge and it is not only the hands that feel the pull of the string but also in the palm of the hand, the fingers, the wrist is the one that is not used to playing.
But you have some nice songs that are very hard to play.
When I was in my 20s I have played all kinds of music and I have really tried and tried to get it to sound like a traditional instrument. You can only do it for so long and eventually the sound starts to diminish and you have to stop and listen to it. I like really hard songs so I keep my attention and I work really hard to make sure the whole thing is perfect.
How did you learn how to play the banjo?
I started on a school instrument: a little toy banjo, which is what we used, and then I moved on to a much bigger instrument: a steel instrument. I was still playing the original banjo, that was also a steel instrument. I was a serious student at school and I was good at my studies and that was a kind of a normal thing.
Then after a couple of years of banjo I moved away. I played with a string band for many years. But by that time I had been playing the banjo for six years and a lot of other things. So after a couple of years it was not possible for me to play the banjo in my school band again, and I had to start again, but I found something that worked really well for me.
When I found this particular banjo in a used shop, I bought it, and in 2004 I bought a small banjo and it is still in great condition with no signs of wear. I have also been teaching myself how to play and it works really well. I learned not using the pick on this one, on this banjo I used a little thumb pick.
It is a very different type of playing than the