(This post originally appeared on Banjo Hangout.)
Thanks for all the favorable comments on my story, “The First Banjo Lesson.” I’m glad so many of you could relate to it. As you know, learning to play the banjo, especially as an adult, is no easy task. Here, in this second installment, we follow Peg as she continues her banjo lessons with her teacher Jill. Comments welcome.
The Further Adventures of Peg and Jill: Banjo Lesson #2
Slowly Peg walked up the steps of the old house where she took her banjo lessons. She had not had a good week of practice and she was afraid Jill was going to yell at her.
She didn’t feel any better when she heard Jill saying to the student in front of her, “Dammit, Bob, you missed that C chord again. How long have we been working on this?”
“I just can’t hear it,” came the reply. “There’s no damn melody.”
“I don’t care if there isn’t any damn melody. Memorize the damn pattern. Come on in Peg. We’re done.”
Peg cautiously entered the room to see a man with a thick head of grey hair putting his guitar in the case.
“Peg, this is Bob. Bob, Peg,” said Jill, getting up out of her chair. “Go ahead and sit down, Peg, and get your banjo out. I’ll be right back.” ...continue reading