My name’s Doug McClure (not the actor from the old TV western The Virginian). I played the trumpet professionally in Spain for 28 years — mostly orchestral, plus some jazz and light classical — but had to retire from the instrument because of focal dystonia of the embouchure. Since then I’ve been teaching music and English, but I have missed making my own music, so a couple of years ago I bought myself a tenor banjo.
I’ve made some faltering attempts to learn to play it but always had problems finding the time. I’m starting this blog to give myself some extra motivation. I’ll also post the worksheets and exercises I make for myself, in case they are useful to anyone else. You can find all these documents at www.dmcclure.org/banjo.
My goals are (1) to learn to play simple chord melody at sight and (2) to get a Dixieland group going here where I live in Seville, Spain. Wish me luck!