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Magnus Edring

Five string banjo

About me (and the 5-string banjo)

 

 

 

I heard a 5-string banjo for the first time when I was about 14-15 years old. It was on the

radio, they played a couple of songs from The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s

“Will the Circle Be Unbroken". After a few seconds

I knew I had to learn how to play that. That sound totally grabbed my soul.

Those tunes changed my life forever.

My father played guitar around the house and I knew a couple of chords but that was about it.

I saved up some money and bought a banjo.

Now all I had to do was figure out how to play the damn thing.

I wasn't doing all that great so my mother put in an add in the local paper,

looking for a banjo teacher. “Dallas” answered and he taught me the basics.

I am forever grateful.

 

I then took it from there. The first bands that really caught my attention were Country Gazette and

New Grass Revival. I did spend a lot of time slowing down LP's trying to figure out how they played.

That's how you learn - you copy others!

 

I soon discovered that I didn't sound like the people I was trying to copy so I decided to develop my

own way of playing. Today I think I sound a lot like me! I try to blend traditional "Scruggs" style with

melodic,single string styles and whatever comes to mind.

 

I try to play a lot of different styles of music. Although my heart will always belong to bluegrass, it is

fun and a challenge to play other styles as well.

I sometimes have the opportunity to do studio recordings- I just love that!.

To me the banjo is an instrument capable of playing anything -it’s not just a "sound".

There's more to it than Duelin' Banjos......

 

 

- Still there's nothing like rolling your way through a fast hardcore bluegrass song!

 

 

Magnus Edring