So, after cobbling together a makeshift Dobro with my Yamaha guitar using a tent spike (yes, you heard it right) to raise the nut, I had a real interesting little jam with a few guitar players last night. I started out playing the banjo but when I picked up the guitar things really started to happen. We worked on a couple of tunes from Old Crow Medicine Show and I was really starting to get the hang of playing slide.
Call it an epiphany or whatever but I am beginning to understand the relationships of the various tunings of the guitar, banjo, mando/fiddle etc. and how they work together.
Learning a new instrument is so much of a challenge but I feel like a kid in a candy store on grand opening day. I am beginning to unlock the Dobro after a life of guitar and about six years on the banjo and it feels real good. There is so much potential soul to be released in the slide and I look forward to unlocking those secrets. But I still love my banjo and wish I could play both!