“Competition makes losers of all but a few.” This was my negative childhood assessment of the concept, and it hasn’t changed much in 50 years! So the idea of competition as applied to music—specifically the banjo—turns my stomach. However. . .
Having once been a “young banjoist” myself (I started at the age of 12), I have often thought about what it takes to get kids (or even young adults) interested in the banjo. I have sadly watched the four-string banjo fade in popularity in my 40+ years of playing, so this question has taken on increasing importance—indeed, it has become a call to action for me.