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Old 01-20-2016, 07:23 AM   #1
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Teacher Transitioning to Retired Life as Banjo Player

Hello, folks; Codex33486 here. I'm a high school English teacher and retired military person who has the idea to outfit a bus with a back-end stage and drive around the country playing the banjo. I'm recently and amicably divorced and have a little dog, whom you can see at banjothedog.com. When I have a moment, I'll post some of my sketchup drawings to show what I'm thinking of.
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Old 01-20-2016, 07:47 AM   #2
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That's pretty cool, man. Welcome aboard!
I dabble in mandolin and tenor banjo, but I'm definitely no musician!
Some decent bus deals are always popping up in AL so you should have no problem finding a bus.
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Welcome! --- More travelin' banjo players is what this country needs most!
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Old 01-20-2016, 06:54 PM   #5
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Thanks, Everybody

Thanks everybody. Travelin' Banjo is exactly the idea. My plan is to cut away the back end of a bus to make a stage and go do my thing at fairs and festivals. Duelin' Banjos is one of three tunes that banjoists get asked to play all the time (the other two are Foggy Mountain Breakdown and Ballad of Jed Clampett). The problem is that for the version of DB that everyone wants to hear--the version on that clip, for example--you need a guitar, and the guitar part is much more difficult that the banjo part, and so you need a correspondingly better performer
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I always liked the Steve Martin version. That ol' boy really is a purdy good picker.
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Glad to see this post because I'm also very curious about the feasibility of a stage, or in my case a porch, on the back of my conversion.

What is something like this going to do to the structural integrity of the skoolie? I've been scouring this site to try to see where it's been done before but without much luck. Can anyone point me and Codex33486 in the right direction? Anyone know if there are particular bus models that would lend themselves well to something like this?

Also, I'd love to attend your traveling banjo show once you hit the road. Sounds rad.
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Heh! Thanks, Sika!
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Add the UP to your tour and we'll play us some bluegrass together! I'd like a stage/porch on my little bus just for some extra space in the good weather! How big are you thinking? I was tossing around making a fold-up porch...
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