My parents gave me a banjo and some lessons when I was twelve years old. In the past 40+ years I’ve learned to make noise on a few other instruments- dulcimer, mandolin, ukulele, piano, didgeridu and would still love to learn more. My main problem is, however, that when I go to pick up and instrument to play or practice, I reach for the banjo. What is it about this instrument that encourages or demands this behavior? This blog is banjo therapy for me and I hope to share some of my fascination with this unique, mostly American instrument.