I’ve stopped my banjo lessons. They were helpful. I learned a lot about proper handling of the banjo. Picking with one hand and fretting with the other. But every technique takes practice. And more practice. And more practice. I have to practice until I can move my fingers without thinking about them. They need to acquire muscle memeory. That is difficult. Ideally I would practice an hour a day. Most of the time I am lucky if I can practice a half hour. Often I don’t get to practice at all.
This meant that I couldn’t keep up with what I should get from lessons. The last three lessons my instructor said, “Great, there is nothing new for now. You have to keep practicing. ” At 20 bucks a pop being told to just keep on was getting too expensive. I have kept up practicing and I have a video that is teaching me new slides and rolls. I’ll work my way slowly through it in the next couple of months. If I progress well maybe I’ll resume lessons. Nobody told me that the banjo is one of the most difficult stringed instruments to play. But then I never asked.