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Hello,Could you please add Buddy Wachter's Plectrum Banjo lesson to your download library? I started on the 5-string banjo about 3 years ago thanks to Happy's fantastic "Five-String Banjo for Beginners" lesson. I've since branched out into other styles. I would love a lesson on the plectrum banjo from Homespun.Thank you!
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Hi Steve,Thanks for the nice words about my beginning banjo lesson. I'm glad to hear that it has inspired you to branch out to other styles. We do have a lesson by Buddy Wachter on tenor banjo, which is similar to plectrum - same relative tuning although the instrument is pitched differently. You can see that lesson here: https://www.homespun.com/shop/product/learning-tenor-banjo/Buddy did do a plectrum lesson for us and we'll consider getting it back in our catalog. Meanwhile, I hope this helps.All best,Happy Traum
Hello Happy,Thank you for the reply, and for many years of great instruction! I just purchased the tenor banjo course. I'm sure that will keep me busy for some time. I have been using your materials in one format or another since 1984, when I permanently "borrowed" my dad's copy of your guitar fingerpicking book from the 60s. I still haven't run out of things to learn from you, yet!Take care,Steve
I have been a student for many, many years, having first purchased lessons on cassette with handwritten tabulature. I even remember hearing an apology by Happy in the middle of the first guitar cassette series when Adam, then a small child, interrupted the lesson by slamming the screen door when coming into the house. Since then, I have purchased well over a hundred lessons on cassette, VHS, DVD, and now instant download (many duplicate lessons as the formats have become more convenient).Now that father time is becoming an issue, I am more serious about becoming more proficient on a number of instruments (and have more time to do so). In finally getting serious with the Frank Lee banjo video (I have had it for years on VHS and now instant download), I am blown away by the Freight Hoppers, particularly the performance at the end of the lesson. David Bass in particular is amazing (as are all four group members). I have searched high and low for a digital version of the Homespun performance video "Live at the Bearsville Barn" and have only been able to find it on VHS. I have tried to copy it digitally for my own use but I believe that it is copy protected. I really want this video digitally and would certainly be willing to pay any reasonable amount to get a DVD transfer or download if possible. With the high level of interest in old time string band music, I would suggest that it would be a good seller in your catalog and I would certainly do everything I could do to drive people to your site to purchase it. But selfishly, if there is anything you can do to sell me this performance in digital format, I would certainly appreciate it.
Hi Bob,So glad you like the Frank Lee banjo lesson. He's the real deal and absolutely gets the right old-time clawhammer banjo sound. We haven't digitized our performance video of the Freight Hoppers yet but I'm glad you reminded me about it. Hopefully, we will be able to add it to our schedule and make it available digitally at some point. We'll certainly announce it when it's available.Thanks so much for writing, and for your long-time support. We certainly appreciate it.All best,Happy Traum