Abigail Washburn

Dear Abby,
I just want to express how grateful I am for your music and your unique voice/perspective. Quick backstory: I’m a classically trained singer in my late twenties, and I have played banjo off and on for 3 years. I’ve recently made the decision to pursue bluegrass, as I have such an affinity for bluegrass, folk, and traditional Appalachian tunes. One thing I’ve been told is that I will have a hard time building up the speed and dexterity required for banjo pickin’, since I haven’t been training for the majority of my life. Do you have any advice, especially in regards to starting a bit later in life than is normal in this particular genre? Is three-finger banjo pickin’ (a la Scrugg/ your husband) a realistic goal at this point?
Thank you!
Chris in Denver

Abigail Washburn responded on 08/02/2018

Hell yeah! You can do anything you want! If you love the sound of any kind of music, you can absolutely pursue it. As long as you have the spirit for it, you're supposed to play it. Your classical training might give you some sort of innovative approach, so don't let the haters get you down.

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