Fred Crouse


The Baltimore Guitarist Group 20070803
Baltimore, MD 21231


Baltimore, MDUSA 21231

Member since:

July 7, 2010


Hi! I'm a banjo picker, was invited to this friendly group of guitarists by a friendly guitarist, been to a few meetups, and like the vibe. I like to jam on folk, mostly. I play a little on the "bones", learning the fiddle too. Hope to pick with you!

What level guitarist are you? (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert)

I guess intermediate....been playing around 3-4 years, and really enjoying it.

Where did you find out about the Baltimore Guitarist Group? If from a member, please put their name.

My buddy Hank told me about their meetup, and I went to an open mic. Even got up on stage too....

What is your favorite guitar that you own?

I have a handmade openback banjo made by my buddy Chris Via down in southern VA. Nice axe, and I try to do it justice. Also a GoldTone banjola (mix of a banjo neck and a mandolin body), and a nice Czech fiddle, maybe 150 years old, put together by a guy up near Conowingo.

What guitar do you wish you owned?

I'm pretty happy with what I have. Got 4 or 5 nice guitars too, if I ever get back into playing them.a

Who is your biggest guitar influence and why?

I like Jorma Kaukonen, David Bromberg, Peter Rowan, Norman Blake, Doc Watson, Chet Atkins, Julian Bream, Jody Strecher, Segovia ...the list goes on. I've seen CH banjo played in camp by local musicians down in VA that just astounded me...never caught their names though. Lea Coryell first inspired me to pick up the CH thing, and Hubie King was a great mentor in my earlier days.

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  • Laura

    Thank you for your note and still open offer. I am in full throttle for preparations and scheduled appointments up until the time I leave for Texas the first week in July so I'll be sure to check out the You Tube site you mentioned even though we won't be able to visit. Take care! I'll check out some meet ups in Texas. Thanks again for the reference to Appalachian Music and Emory! Laura

    Jun 17, 2012 9:43 AM
  • Laura

    Back from TX and would love to learn about the banjo technique you use.
    But perhaps you should tell me how far I should progress before I waste your time. I read notes on the piano, no chords so I need to learn chords. Should I try and get that down before we meet? Hope this note finds you well! Laura

    May 29, 2012 11:19 AM
  • Laura

    ahhhh - just watched a video.....I'll practice - hope to see you around one of the jams!

    May 13, 2012 8:41 AM
  • Laura

    Hi Fred - just wanted to thank you for telling me about Appalachian Bluegrass. Emory did a fine job fixing my uncle's banjo so I can play it now. I have my Earl Scruggs "bible" and am plunking away. You asked if the banjo was open or closed - at the time I couldn't answer - it's open. I first strummed it when I was five - it's an oldie but a goodie! Laura

    May 13, 2012 8:07 AM
  • Mike

    The Baltimore Guitarist Group

    Where have you been hiding?

    Jan 05, 2011 6:12 PM
  • Mike

    The Baltimore Guitarist Group

    Welcome to BGG Fred, it's about time. C'mon out and see how the other half lives, check out the calendar and see you soon.

    Jul 07, 2010 3:17 PM

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