Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Friday, January 18, 2013
I finally did what most people call the Polar Bear Plunge. but I am in Florida Jacksonville Florida and you really don't ever see polar bears here... so I thought I would rename it something more appropriate... Pelican Plunge! From what I've heard traditionally people get up early and do it at 8 am... I think it's everyone to their own... my friend Beth and I did it at approximately noonish. We jumped in the ocean at Jacksonville Beach and went under the water head & all. We had a ton of fun, her son was there as our witness!!
Next year I would like to do it in Vermont (in a lake close to where my mom lives) or Cape Cod Chatham (my childhood hometown), Massachusetts!
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
I've taken some time off painting to clear my mind & learn an instrument... The banjo! I have a 5 string Fender resonator. I love the sounds of bluegrass & I also like clawhammer a lot too. Last year I was learning bluegrass but now I'm learning clawhammer & I found out recently that there is something called claw-grass which sounds right up my alley. Bluegrass from my understanding is slower chord changes than clawhammer that's why I'm learning clawhammer first... Then once I'm really good at bouncing around with chord changes I think it will be easier to then learn bluegrass!
I signed up for a banjo camp March 14,15,16,17 2013 in Suwannee.
I recently got some semi permanent finger picks (aka fake fingernails on my index, middle & ring finger) for clawhammer... Although I like using both index & middle finger to play I noticed that I really do not use my ring finger at all, just not comfortable so gonna take that nail off when I can.