Thursday, November 17, 2011

Enter the Strumstick Giveaway!

Thanks to the folks at Mcnally Strumstick - www.strumstick.com,, I am giving away one of their beautiful instruments in the key of G (with a soft case)! Strumsticks are as simple as the dulcimer, but with the feeling and twang of a banjo. It is set up so that the entire instrument is in tune with itself, making wrong notes impossible. My Strumstick is always in my pickup truck, at the ready for lunchbreaks at the office, campfires, or any place that needs a little music. My favorite tune to play on it is Wild Mountain Thyme.

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment in this post sharing what instrument moves you, and you wish you could play. Or, tell the story of how you started playing the instrument you now consider a loyal friend. Inspire those who are toying with the idea of a mandolin or banjo to grab those beauties and start pickin!

Now, for those of you unfamiliar with these guys, check out the site and their videos, because their insrument is the perfect way for the non-musical homesteading-lovin' persons to pluck out some simple mountain tunes without any experience with stringed instruments.

Everyone can only enter once via comment, but if you are willing to share the link to this blog on Facebook, then you may enter a second time posting, "SHARED!" and you'll be in the running again, doubling your chances for one of these amazing little beasties. Winner will be picked Saturday night!

295 Comments:

Blogger Tami said...

The banjo, fiddle and mountain dulcimer! Those two instruments alone are enough to cause me to miss Eastern TN and the festivals. Still working on the banjo. Dream of owning a fiddle and mountain dulcimer. This strum stick rocks!

November 17, 2011 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger HomesteadDreams said...

Oh Jenna- I've wanted a strumstick since I read Made From Scratch a couple of years ago! I have played the piano since I was a child, and though I dearly love it, I'm looking for something a little more... portable! My guitar and I have never really gotten along, but I think a strumstick may be right up my ally! Please enter me in the drawing! Thanks! :)

November 17, 2011 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger Coley said...

I would love to learn to play the ukelele! I saw the Cigar Box Uke on youtube and I've been obsessing every since.

I do love playing my banjo. Recently my husband has been playing his washtub bass with me. Helps me keep tempo!

The strum stick seems like a really neat instrument!

November 17, 2011 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Mist said...

My first love is the flute, but I would love to learn the fiddle! Stringed instruments are a foreign concept to me. I'm eager to learn!

November 17, 2011 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger PhysicsFysh said...

The violin has always been a favorite and sometimes when I'm lost in a piece I visualize myself playing passionately. It's one of the few instruments that feels like it can convey all my moods and represent my eclectic musical tastes.

Plus, it looks freaking cool.

November 17, 2011 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Kelli said...

I've been recently considering the urges to pick up the banjo and learn to play. I don't sing so well, but I'd really like to make some music in our urban farmhouse. The strumstick was just recommended to me by a new musician friend! I think it could be such a great starting point!

November 17, 2011 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Kelli said...

SHARED!

November 17, 2011 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger PhysicsFysh said...

SHARED!

November 17, 2011 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger quiltaholic said...

The banjo and fiddle are my dream instruments - but would love to learn just about anything, including one of these awesome Strum Sticks!

November 17, 2011 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Rose Bowman said...

After reading your book, I went ahead and bought my husband a banjo for his 26th and I've been dying to learn and have an instrument of my very own. So so rad!

November 17, 2011 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I can't carry a tune in a bucket, but would love to spend time by the fire listening to my husband play this! He loves guitar and wants to play banjo :)

November 17, 2011 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

LOL, I just got a Strumstick from the McNally folks a couple weeks ago! Don't add my name to the contest, since I already have one; I just wanted to let folks on here know that I LOVE this instrument!! It is the absolute best! :)

November 17, 2011 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger alice said...

Everyone in my family played the piano at some point (some better than others!), and most of us played something portable as well. I toyed with the flute and guitar when I was a kid, but I have to go back a bit further to pick the instrument that recently intrigued me anew: the zither, which I remember from preschool days. The strumstick seems cool, too -- I hadn't heard of it until I read your book!

November 17, 2011 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

Bagpipes..... :O)

November 17, 2011 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger Susannah of Cricklewood Farm said...

I play guitar, dabble at the bodhran, and am learning the fiddle, but the instrument that has been my old friend all these years is my autoharp. I love the sound, the way it needs to be cradled in my arms to sing its song, even its smell.

I, too, have coveted a Strumstick since reading your book. :-D

November 17, 2011 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger Sprite said...

I adore the harmonica. I love it when someone pulls one out of their pocket while at a campfire, and there's one guy I see biking around Minneapolis who plays one as he rides. In my opinion, it's not easy to play well, so it's so inspiring when someone busts one out and plays a decent tune. I'd love to try my hand at the strumstick, though, since I've never had any luck with my own harmonica but am decent with string instruments.

November 17, 2011 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

I love to hear the banjo and guitar. But the mandolin just does something to me. I love bluegrass music and listen to it al the time. Thanks for the opportunity to win such an amazing instrument, Jenna.

November 17, 2011 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger Karen Fulford said...

I use to play the guitar *sigh*, would love to learn the banjo. But I think I could be very, very happy making music with the Strumstick!!!!!

*pick me, pick me, pick me* lol

November 17, 2011 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger Susannah of Cricklewood Farm said...

SHARED!

November 17, 2011 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger wisegoat acres said...

I would love this. I have always wanted to learn to play the guitar.

November 17, 2011 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

I've always wanted to try a strum stick! I'm "musically challenged" and have been told that this is one instrument eve I could play!

November 17, 2011 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I've always wished I could play the fiddle. Someday, I'll settle down in a quiet spot outside with a new (to me) fiddle and scratch out something. but until then, I'll think wistfully about it while hoping I get a chance at something like this.

November 17, 2011 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger Brittany Aukett said...

Oh my goodness! This came at the perfect time.. let me explain!
I am a 22 year old urban homesteader.. i raise hens, a 3 yr old, fruits and veggies as annuals, as well as fruit trees and bushes, I have a wildlife pond, I can my produce(water bath can), and live as sustainably as i can. Recently at a potluck gathered around the fire someone started playing a instrument, I dont know what it was but it was beautiful, like it was calling to me, I have been researching different strumming instruments since that minute but have not had the finances.. (let me again state I'm 22 with a 3 year old, and a pharmacy job) .. this would be sooooo amazing for me to win!!! I read all about the strum stick and would just REALLY love to learn this and bring some mountain music to my Central Florida Urban Homestead!!!

November 17, 2011 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger Brittany Aukett said...

and its SHARED so I hope I double my chances!!! OOOOOHHHHH THANK YOU!!!!!!!

November 17, 2011 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

I have played flute, and guitar, would like to learn Cello and piano. A Strumstick sounds like lots of fun!

November 17, 2011 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

I've been playing french horn for 20 years but recently tried (and failed) to teach myself to play the mandolin. The strumstick may be just what I need to bridge the gap between sheet music and learning a stringed instrument.

November 17, 2011 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Shared!

November 17, 2011 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Mary Beth said...

cello... i grew up playing piano and woodwinds, so wouldn't you know i'd yearn to play strings. i've got basics on the guitar, and my guitar is most definitely my closest "friend" as an instrument can be these days. it lived on boats with me for a few years, poor thing (a strumstick would have been way more practical in a damp, 6 foot bunk). i recently got handed a "free" violin (which needs some money put into it straightaway of course) and might get me some fiddle lessons.... but you can't have too many instruments now can you?

November 17, 2011 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger ~Christy said...

I have literally had a guitar for 15 years and though I've played with it a few times here and there, I LONG to play it and play it well! The strumstick seems like a fun way to get over my fear of playing stringed instruments :) Thanks for the opportunity!!

November 17, 2011 at 2:30 PM  
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November 17, 2011 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger Tigersmom said...

I would love to learn to play the banjo.. but will stick with my guitar for now.
Would LOVE to win this :)

November 17, 2011 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger Sparkless said...

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November 17, 2011 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger bee*in*the*balm said...

I have always been a tuneless but enthusiastic musician on the guitar and violin so the idea of an instrument that stays in tune is amazing! fingers crossed!
treevt80 at yahoo

November 17, 2011 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Ink and Dirt said...

I've played the piano since I was a kid and we manage to maintain a love-hate relationship! :P But it's there when I'm mad, when I'm sad and when I'm happy! And I miss it when I'm gone for too long!

I played the clarinet and tenor saxophone in school but have passed those down and don't play them any more.

I'm teaching myself to play the guitar so that I can have something portable to play at campfires and at other people's houses during the holidays. I'm also hoping to learn the harmonica! My grandpa plays the harmonica and I love listening to it!

Having a strumstick would be so cool! I first found out about them when I was in Korea visiting a friend. I was, of course, reading your book! I'm so excited to read Barnheart too!

November 17, 2011 at 2:40 PM  
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November 17, 2011 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger Sparkless said...

My husband plays guitar and I try to play guitar. The strum stick would make an awesome Christmas present. I love listening to all types of guitar and string instruments especially by someone who can make that instrument sing. Add my name in the draw please.

November 17, 2011 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Ink and Dirt said...

Shared!

Thanks for the great opportunity Jenna!

November 17, 2011 at 2:45 PM  
OpenID barntalkblog said...

This would be amazing to win! I've been interested in learning an instrument!
-Autumn

November 17, 2011 at 2:47 PM  
Blogger kelly adele hatfield said...

Yes! This looks amazing! I have started music lessons (guitar mainly) many times and it doesn't seem to stick, but I love music. Please enter me in the draw! 37th attempt is a charm right? Thanks Jenna for all you do, from all of us whom you inspire!

November 17, 2011 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger SouthernHeart said...

I would LOVE to be able to play Irish tunes on a fiddle or a strumstick! I would LOVE to be able to play any instrument for that matter. Thanks for the giveaway!

Dianne
www.mysouthernheart.com

November 17, 2011 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

I would love one of these. Thanks for the giveaway!

I'm learning the fiddle and ukelele, but have been singing since I was 3 or 4. I come from a singing family, so it came naturally. It is an instrument in the way that a voice can be highly manipulated. Mine has been my "loyal friend" for as long as I can remember - entertaining me for hours. I love to sing and do it whenever I can - alone or in front of others.

As far as tangible instruments go, next to voice, the piano and the fiddle are the ones that move me the most - or affect me the most. There is something about a rockin' piano (a la Billy Joel or even some Elvis Costello) or a fiddle Southern-style (or Irish style). Love it.

November 17, 2011 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger kandy Gray said...

the piano; pedestrian i know, but i have wanted to learn to play since i was a small child. unfortunately i have no rhythm what so ever and cant get my hands to do what i want them to. a friend, a man who magered in percussion (and who will get this if i win), tried to teach me guitar for an hour a day 5 days a week, and gave up after 2 years. i took up sewing instead.

November 17, 2011 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger kandy Gray said...

shared!

November 17, 2011 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

What a cute thing! LOVE!!

November 17, 2011 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Since I am now in a new phase in my life I want to get back into playing and enjoying music again. I used to play the violin and guitar. My Dad passed away a couple of years ago and I used to play his beautiful Mandolin and we would sing together. Sadly my mom gave it to my nephew as he is into the music scene and studying music in college. I would LOVE this cute new instrument! :)

November 17, 2011 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Becky Rawson said...

Ooops! Needed to make a profile :)

November 17, 2011 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

I think the bagpipes are the most hauntingly beautiful sound in the world...

November 17, 2011 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger Jenna Gayle said...

I'd like to be able to play the piano. My mom started teaching me when I was young, but it just never stuck. I sooo regret that!

November 17, 2011 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

I would love to learn how to play the fiddle and maybe some Irish tunes. I would have to play by ear since I dont read music. That strum stick looks really wonderful. Wishing everyone luck! (but pick me LOL)

November 17, 2011 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger Ellen Rathbone said...

I am an instrument junkie! My musical life started with piano lessons in second grade, continued with the sax, the glockenspiel, guitar, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, bodhran, bones, Native American flutes, bowed psaltry. Piano remains my strongest suit, although I'm rusty now, especially since I had to leave my 100-year-old piano behind in the Adirondacks when I moved to Michigan last winter. I'd love to add a strumstick to the collection!

November 17, 2011 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Indio said...

I don't know how to play an instrument. Nothing has struck me as cool enough to learn -- that is until now.

November 17, 2011 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Indio said...

SHARED on facebook

November 17, 2011 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Kelly McMichael said...

Howdy. I love to listen to my 12 year old play her violin. This is her second year and she is progressing well. I think she would love a strumstick. I'm trying to encourage more music around here--family-made style. I played the piano at her age but it's so not portable!

November 17, 2011 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

I got a banjo for Christmas 20 years ago and began lessons but needed the money for bills and never got good. I intend to begin again...got new strings last week, but maybe the strumstick would be easier to start with. Please enter me in the drawing and thanks:)

November 17, 2011 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Joy in California said...

I have always admired any decent piano player......after a childhood of piano, organ, flute, guitar, and even drum lessons.......I am musically challenged. Perhaps this strum stick will finally do the trick!

November 17, 2011 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Christee said...

There is a small list of instruments that I long to learn how to play and they are: the cello, fiddle, guitar and maybe the banjo. If I win the Strumstick I can start my education of stringed instruments. ha ha!

November 17, 2011 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger Christee said...

SHARED!!

November 17, 2011 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger fyrmnsflam said...

I have always loved the sound of the bagpipe. The softer, non-military pieces touch my soul. I wish I could play the uilleann pipes. That and the fiddle.

November 17, 2011 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger fyrmnsflam said...

SHARED!

November 17, 2011 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

I would like this not for myself but for my 14 year old son who is a self taught guitarist. I think he would really like this. Thanks.

November 17, 2011 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger City Sister said...

I think these are so neat! I love listening to mandolins...they always remind me of madrigals...

November 17, 2011 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger treeswing said...

I've always loved playing flutes, but have more recently been wanting to pick up some strings.

November 17, 2011 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger treeswing said...

I've always loved playing flutes, but have more recently been wanting to pick up some strings.

November 17, 2011 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger TransFarmer said...

I always wanted to learn the trumpet. Mainly because I want to learn to play Taps. There are no trumpeters here to honor military funerals. They play a recording here.

November 17, 2011 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Mully said...

My first love is the dulcimer and fiddle. I play the fiddle, I'm not the best player but who cares I love it. Love those Strum sticks! I so want one.
Very cool giveaway!

November 17, 2011 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

The fiddle has been calling to me all season. The banjo sounds pretty good too!! Fingers crossed-a strumstick would be great company this winter!

November 17, 2011 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Shared!!

November 17, 2011 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger Joy Bear said...

The banjo will always be my favorite...followed closely by the strumstick! I would love to win one of these to light up the ol' homestead this fall. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!

November 17, 2011 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger Joy Bear said...

Shared! :)

November 17, 2011 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger Peacemom said...

HI Jenna,
Would love a strumstick! I love the violin and have wanted to learn to play for a long time, though I lean toward the Celtic tune then any other. Either one would sound great in our new barn! Fun giveaway!
~Vonnie

November 17, 2011 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

i am a music fanatic but have never learned to play. i sing, though, and it would be fun to pick out a tune and sing along someday.

November 17, 2011 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger The Weekend Homesteader said...

I love the dulcimer and banjo. I've never heard of a strumstick, so I'm intrigued.

November 17, 2011 at 6:04 PM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

A good friend I met in the mountains of Montana this summer plays the banjo. That, and that lovely PBS documentary you recommended have me longing for one of my own!

November 17, 2011 at 6:17 PM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

SHARED!

November 17, 2011 at 6:22 PM  
Blogger Miranda said...

I've always loved the fiddle! I've never been successful at learning to play any stringed instrument, which has made the fiddle even more intriguing to me. A strumstick might help break me of my stringed instrument fear!

November 17, 2011 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Molly Piper said...

Oh how I do resonate with all that you said, and dearly would love to learn the strumstick. I've always played all sorts of flutes - used them to calm big groups of children - and see the potentials of your sweet dulcimer on a stick.

November 17, 2011 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

I learned to play the piano growing up but have since been out of practice and can only play a couple beginner songs whenever a keyboard is around. I do love the piano, though, and whenever I hear it in a song it is an easy way to my heart.
My boyfriend got his master's in classical guitar and sometimes makes me jealous of his awesome musical abilities. A strumstick sounds like a good way to pretend I have a comparable ability to jam, haha. :)

November 17, 2011 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

SHARED!

November 17, 2011 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

Some time ago, I went to a Tracy Chapman concert and she pulled out a 6 string strum stick and proceeded to play a couple of her songs which feature this beautiful instrument. I was in LOVE. I have NO feeling in my hands (due to damage to my spinal cord from Multiple Sclerosis) but I would give ANYTHING to be able to learn the strum stick. It's small enough, I think I could handle it.

Anyway, I ADORE cello and madolin. Really, I have a deep love of strings. Yoyo Ma is my favourite musician. He is magical.

Jenna, it's so lovely that you make such an effort to put instruments into well deserving hands. Music is a precious gift. *fingers crossed* and wishing real hard that this beauty will make its way to the west coast of Canada.

November 17, 2011 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

SHARED! :)

November 17, 2011 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

The fiddle really speaks to me. My family on both sides are from the mountains on North Georgia descending from Ireland and Scotland. I've enjoyed Celtic music for many years and have recently discovered the music of the mountains. Your words are so encouraging, I would love to play the fiddle.

November 17, 2011 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

I took piano lessons as a kid, but now I would like to learn drums. If I won the strumstick I would give it to my son for a gift. Thank you

November 17, 2011 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger Hound Doggy said...

I've played several different things...but now I'm *slowly* working on the banjo. My first held string. Yikes.

November 17, 2011 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger CarolG said...

I love the sound of a dulcimer, any dulcimer, but mandolins just speak to me.

November 17, 2011 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger The Sprouting Acorn said...

Love the mountain dulcimer and mandolin. Have the mountain dulcimer… not sure how I came upon wanting one, but it's easy as sin to play. I only know a few songs by heart that I strum away at…. all the while, driving my kids nuts. :)

Every time I visit a music store, the mandolin calls my name….

and a strumstick…. now that could be fun!

November 17, 2011 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger Hound Doggy said...

SHARED!

November 17, 2011 at 7:11 PM  
Blogger Tru Vani said...

I would love, love, love to play the violin...with only two college semesters under my belt, I have a long, long way to go...

November 17, 2011 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger jim said...

always wanted one of these-surely they cannot be as easy to play as they are depicted-no wrong notes, just plain fun- i have no musical ability so this sounds right for me. keep up the blog jenna, we follow you every day=great job

November 17, 2011 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger jim said...

always wanted one of these-surely they cannot be as easy to play as they are depicted-no wrong notes, just plain fun- i have no musical ability so this sounds right for me. keep up the blog jenna, we follow you every day=great job

November 17, 2011 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger jugtownjane said...

Long-time flautist, first-time would-be-banjoist(er? ess?), all-time listener here!

November 17, 2011 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger Karen L. said...

With so many people entered in this giveaway, I am not expecting to win but I wanted to mentioned when and why I fell in love with flute. My husband belong to a business group who me twice a year in different parts of the country. I got to go sometimes and we would always try to go to any zoo that might be in that state. Don't know where we were but a woman (two actually) was in one of the animal houses playing Greensleeves on her flute. Everything was quiet except for her flute as it echoed off the walls of the building. It was surreal and beautiful. (On a side note, I think most zoos in this country are so much better now with less "caging" and more open space. The NC Zoo is an example.)

November 17, 2011 at 7:50 PM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...

JENNA,
PROBABLY TO LATE FOR THIS ONE: BUT I REALLY LIKE A BANJO!!!
PLAYED TRUMPET FOR YEARS!!!
BUT THAT UNFORGETABLE BANJO HAS STAYED WITH ALL OF THESE YEARS!!!
ANYWAY YET ANOTHER INTERESTING GIVEWAY BY CAF!!! YET
TO WIN ANYTHING: BUT I'LL GIVE IT
ANOTHER SHOT ON YOUR VERY IN-
TERESTING CAF BLOG!!!
"THANKS" FOR ALL OF THE GREAT READS!!!
CHEERS WITH A HEALTH DRINK!!!
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November 17, 2011 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I took up guitar when I was a teenager, and can make music, but I sure wish I was better at it. I've been facinated by the mandolin ever since I saw Ricky Scaggs play it at our county fair. I would dearly love to have the Strumstick! I can just see me taking it camping.

November 17, 2011 at 8:01 PM  
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November 17, 2011 at 8:37 PM  
Blogger jennybeast said...

Fiddle and mandolin, although I think there's magic in guitars and banjos, too. I'm an avid contra dancer, and while the dancing drew me first, I keep coming back for the music. I'm really intrigued by your descriptions of the strumstick -- it sounds wonderful!

November 17, 2011 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger CDS said...

Hi! I just love how you are so encouraging about music. I've never seen a strumstick before and it seems great. I'd love one.

November 17, 2011 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger K. Jean said...

That, right there. I'd love to learn to play shady grove, on any instrument really - but that looks really neat! Someday I'll own a fiddle...maybe a strum stick first?

November 17, 2011 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger J.D. said...

I think I want to learn this instrument. I think I really do!

November 17, 2011 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger macbew said...

What instrument inspires me? The violin. When someone who is good plays it, it's just the most beautiful sound I've ever heard. I have to admit I have wanted to learn it for a long time. I was strongly tempted when you had your contest a couple of years ago but could not afford it so I decided to wait till a better time. However I think that the strumstick would be a wonderful begining to learning to play music for myself. Also family reunions and such. Thank you for this chance.

November 17, 2011 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger k said...

what a cool instrument! while i played piano as a child, these days i am always enamoured with the string instruments, especially the violin and the mandolin, which i would really like to learn. this strumstick looks like a very cool entry into mountain music.

November 17, 2011 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger Misty said...

I wish I could play the cello. There's something about the music it makes that moves me. A hammered dulcimer would be a second choice. Wait, though, I wish I could play all instruments. What a joy that would be!

Over the years I've taken piano, guitar and violin lessons.

November 17, 2011 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Smith said...

I LOVE my fiddle!I've been playing for about 10 months now, and I've come a long way...

November 17, 2011 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger Misty said...

SHARED!

November 17, 2011 at 10:06 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

My dream is to be able to play the fiddle. Ever since I first heard the song, Amarillo By Mornin' I've wanted to make that kind of beauty.

November 17, 2011 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Shared on FB. :-)

November 17, 2011 at 10:10 PM  
Blogger John Taylor said...

That is a pretty cool instrument! Since I just won the seed bank I am not going to enter this contest. As always, thank you Jenna for offering up such cool contests.

Grace and Peace,

John

November 17, 2011 at 10:53 PM  
Blogger Karen Rickers said...

I would love to be able to play the fiddle really well, but my dogs wouldn't be able to handle the screeching until I got half way decent at it. I did buy a 3/4 size guitar recently, and am going to put those 4 chords I know to good use! My favourite instrument (other than a hand drum ... I LOOOOOVE to drum) is my voice! But I would really dig a strum stick ... NO WRONG NOTES, gotta love that. :-D

November 17, 2011 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger Karen Rickers said...

SHARED!

November 17, 2011 at 11:06 PM  
Blogger Rosie said...

This is so timely for me. I have been digging through the archives of Woodsong's Old Time Radio Hour and enjoying the bluegrass and grass roots music. I've been thinking I should take up some instrument and not sure what. I played piano when I was a kid but did not like it because it cut into my horseback riding time. I would love to win a strumstick and see what I could do with it.

November 17, 2011 at 11:28 PM  
Blogger Sooz said...

I have ALWAYS wanted to learn the fiddle. I've played the guitar since I was five and pick at the piano by ear, but the fiddle is my dream.

November 17, 2011 at 11:36 PM  
Blogger Worm said...

Pick me! Pick me!!

I love mountain music!

November 17, 2011 at 11:43 PM  
Blogger Matt and Callie said...

One of the greatest regrets of my life is that I don't play an instrument. I wish so badly that I could play the fiddle. My husband plays in a bluegrass band, and they have to "borrow" a fiddler from another band. Every New Year, I resolve to learn but ...
I also would like to play even a little guitar. And the banjo! I have wanted one of these strum sticks for a while now - I'll keep my fingers crossed!

November 17, 2011 at 11:45 PM  
Blogger Sooz said...

Just shared!!

November 17, 2011 at 11:47 PM  
OpenID notherethenwhere said...

I've always wanted to learn to play the piano. We had one at home, but I never took lessons, and I've always had it in the back of my mind (especially since I can barely read chords now thanks to learning to play the saxophone instead).

November 17, 2011 at 11:49 PM  
Blogger Knit Picky Knitter said...

The banjo and the mountain dulcimer make me swoon. I've been listening to a lot of new banjo music. It all started with Steve Martin's two banjo CDs. I'm hooked. My kids and I love to listen to his cds and I've also been listening to a lot of Nickel Creek, Trampled by Turtles (thanks to you), Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes and Punch Brothers. I really want to learn how to play the strumstick because I think it would be possible for me to pick it up quickly and my kids would have fun learning how to play it as well. My biggest fantasy is to have a family band and play music together. Thanks for making this giveaway possible, Jenna.

November 18, 2011 at 12:05 AM  
Blogger Knit Picky Knitter said...

SHARED!!!!!!!!!

November 18, 2011 at 12:09 AM  
Blogger Nate said...

would love to be able to dance with a banjo and not have. it sound like junk

November 18, 2011 at 12:21 AM  
Blogger Nate said...

Facebook shared

November 18, 2011 at 12:22 AM  
Blogger Sue at Sweetgrass Ranch said...

Since I was young, I've played the piano, guitar, banjo, and recorder. I'm really fond of a pear tree wood alto recorder. Together, we make some soulful and hauntingly beautiful music. I love wooden Indian flutes, too, like the one played by Carlos Nakai. Wish I could come to your workshop, Jenna!

November 18, 2011 at 12:37 AM  
Blogger Sue at Sweetgrass Ranch said...

Love it, love it, love it! My first instrument was the piano and I swiftly graduated to guitar, banjo, and various percussion instruments. Two of my all-time favorites: 1) a pear wood alto recorder -- we made hauntingly lovely music, that recorder and me, and 2) an Irish tin whistle -- a happy little tart of an instrument. Wish I could come to your workshop, Jenna! I would have a lot of fun there.

November 18, 2011 at 12:39 AM  
Blogger redbird said...

Wow Jenna-love simple, beautiful instruments like this. The first song I’d learn on it would be Salt Creek.

The trill of the mandolin caught my ear from when I was small, but I was never able to get my hands on one back then. I learned the guitar and played my great grandmother’s autoharp Mother Maybelle style, and then after college gave in to the mandolin’s calling and am currently learning it with ambition after setting it back down for a while…I’m also picking up the fiddle and having a blast with it and someday I know I’ll start up the banjo. I also find these early to dark nights made for music.

November 18, 2011 at 12:58 AM  
Blogger Turtle Mom said...

I've played flute, clarinet, autoharp, and violin during different periods of my life. A strumstick sounds like fun!

November 18, 2011 at 1:05 AM  
Blogger BusbyB said...

Hi Jenna. I have been playing the Irish Tenor banjo for almost a year now. My then 8 year old son informed me that for his birthday he would like a banjo and some lessons from a neighbour. His one condition was that I learn with him. After ten months I delighted to say we can pick along together well, but a lot more learning to do. I love the sound of the strumstick and had never heard of one before reading your blog. Think Ill look into to getting one sent over and a second for Callum ( now nearly nine ) would be very handy.
Keep up the good work with the blog and really looking forward to reading the new book which I am going to get sent across the pond from Connie from Battenkill Books along with Jon Katz' latest.

Go raibh maith agait (Thanks a mill), agus Cead Mile Failte from Ireland

Mark

November 18, 2011 at 5:21 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Definitely the fiddle! My daughter is "hard of hearing" (nearly deaf) and is sometimes sad because she thinks she can't play a musical instrument. I think this would be a lot of fun for her!

November 18, 2011 at 5:51 AM  
Blogger thelynns said...

Hi Jenna, My Dad reads your blog and told me about this giveaway. I have played the trumpet since I was in the 5th grade and currently play in my marching band in high school. I also play the guitar in the jazz band and would love to learn and play a strumstick. My Grandpa is from Tennessee and my Dad has been bugging to learn to play some mountain music and this would be a great time to learn.

November 18, 2011 at 7:04 AM  
Blogger blissbelly said...

Oooh...I have one of these for a long time! Thanks so much for offering!!

November 18, 2011 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger Cassie said...

There is something about a fiddle that makes me both excited and scared at the same time. But since I have never played a instrument before I am totally intimidated

November 18, 2011 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I wish I could play any instrument (except piano), but my favorites would be the Cello or the Mandaline.

November 18, 2011 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger nese said...

pick me! *waves frantically* pick me!

November 18, 2011 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger Nikki said...

The sound of a flute always gets me, but I love fiddle, banjo, guitar and accordion, (I do live in Cajun country, after all!) My sweetie has been learning to play the fiddle since you inspired him a year and a half ago. I would love a strumstick so that I could join in!

November 18, 2011 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

I would love to learn to play the fiddle! I play a bit of guitar...

November 18, 2011 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger april said...

Any stringed instrument that I could sing along to--that's always been my dream! I have a guitar but can only play a few chords.

November 18, 2011 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Katey and Dave said...

I really want to learn the mountain dulcimer.

November 18, 2011 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Mamabuzz said...

Wow, these are really cool. I haven't played an instrument in years...too busy shuttling kids to their own music lessons and sports. I have always secretly wanted to master the tin whistle. Talk about a portable instrument! Thank you for the chance to win.

November 18, 2011 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Margie said...

Would love to win the strumstick.

I play the piano and gave lessons years ago. Also, play the organ.

Can't imagine a life without music.

Thanks for all the interesting posts. Your site is the first thing I open each morning.

November 18, 2011 at 9:19 AM  
Blogger BusbyB said...

SHARED x

November 18, 2011 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger BusbyB said...

SHARED X

November 18, 2011 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger wanda barrett said...

I actually have one already that I haven't taken the time to learn to play. If I win this one it will be a gift for a friend.

November 18, 2011 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger wanda barrett said...

Shared your post on FB.

November 18, 2011 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Kara said...

I love music but I have no talent! Maybe the strumstick would be perfect for someone like me.

Thanks!

November 18, 2011 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Spiderjohn said...

I have been around music since the day I was born. My father played guitar and my uncle the fiddle. I started trumpet in the sixth grade and became pretty good and was offered a full music scholarship to a small appalachian college known for it's music program (did not take it). Picked up the guitar after high school and after many,many years I am not to bad on it. I also have a mandolin and banjo that I will hopefully learn how to play before I die. I love music, I love playing music and singing and can't imagine life without it! So, let's add a strumstick to my music!

November 18, 2011 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Rachael said...

This is such a neat little instrument! Perfect and portable! I started playing the fiddle about seven years ago. That was my "dream" instrument. I think the dulcimer might have to be next.

November 18, 2011 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Rachael said...

SHARED!

November 18, 2011 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Pit Stop Farm said...

Jenna, it's funny how all of this time that I've followed your blog I just recently (as in this week) purchased "Made From Scratch". I had already owned "Chick Days", though. It just so happens that this morning I was reading "Made From Scratch" at my locally crafted kitchen table with the early sunlight on my back and my two dogs at my feet, and guess which page I stopped on prior to leaving for work? The bottom of p.144, which happens to be exactly where you write about Strumsticks. Then, as luck or fate would have it, I get to work, log onto the network, and as I do every morning go directly to your blog - first thing. What do I see today? A post about the Strumstick. If this isn't destiny, I'm not sure what is. This is one instrument that I'd LOVE to learn to play by the woodstove. Music from a Strumstick is exactly what this little homestead needs.

November 18, 2011 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Jim T. said...

When I was a youngster, my dad wanted me to learn pedal steel... I thought it was uncool, and refused. I still kick myself for not listening to dad!

November 18, 2011 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger WBJohnston said...

I would love to learn the Cello and apply it to blues style music.

November 18, 2011 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger A Strange Lad said...

Wow, neato! That is one cool instrument and I'd surely love to learn it. I am one of those who feel one with mountain music as well as bluegrass, it just does something peaceful to my insides... and thanks for choosing Shady Grove, that song is me to a T. Peace to you, Jenna.

November 18, 2011 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger A Strange Lad said...

SHARED!

November 18, 2011 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I would have to say that my favorite instrument is the lap dulcimer. It is our Appalachian heritage at its finest. There is something haunting when you hear the dulcimer. I love it when it is played outside and it echos through and around all of our hills and hollers. I have never heard a strumstick until today but would love to add one to my collection. Jenna, I have always been told the fiddle is the hardest to play but you have inspired me to try my hand at it. Love the blog by the way, come visit the goats and me at crossedarrowsfarm.blogspot.com

November 18, 2011 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger jls191 said...

I got hooked on old timey and bluegrass music after watching O' Brother where art tho. I had an electric guitar for a while and a few years ago got an acoustic guitar also. But was missing something. I then discovered Mumford and Sons and loved their sound. I got a cheap mandolin and started playing that and LOVED it. I then won very nice f style mandolin from The Loar a LM 500 and man that is a sweet sounding mando. I hope to be getting a banjo around X-Mas and I will be in music heaven!

November 18, 2011 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger Amelia said...

Mandolin!

November 18, 2011 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Brandi said...

It would be a toss up between the violin/fiddle and the piano. Both of these instruments can produce so many different types of music! It is like magic. I have been moved to tears by the violin and moved to dance by the piano.

November 18, 2011 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger jls191 said...

I shared it on FB.

November 18, 2011 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger TonyW said...

A few years ago, I built a soprano uke from a kit. I had never played one, but it seemed like a fun project. Now I play it everyday.

November 18, 2011 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger 2houndnight said...

Fiddle for sure...I've always wanted to pick one up and learn to play....someday, someday....

November 18, 2011 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Neil M said...

My mom said I had to take piano before I could play guitar. I HATED it... I wanted to be Eddie Van Halen on the guitar, not... well, Eddie Van Halen on the keyboards! I quit after 6 months of lessons. Now I look at the versatility of the instrument and the way piano players get chicks. I wish I could play piano!

November 18, 2011 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Catcoco said...

My son has been learning the violin at school since last year. His big sister is trying to teach herself the piano. A strumstick might be what is right for me... I have never been good with string instruments - I was always a decent flute player. My husband plays the guitar. Perhaps one day I will learn the cello. I have always wanted to...

November 18, 2011 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

My 13 year old plays like a professional, made more money with his band this summer than I did. He also plays drums, but for a lead guitarist he is amazing. This would be a great Christmas present for him, and open up another avenue with his music!

November 18, 2011 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger Nana said...

I have played the guitar for years, not particularly well but happily. My inspiration -- John Denver and Rocky Mountain High. Brought the guitar to Yosemite. If playing there doesn't fill the spirit, I am not sure what does. The strumstick looks like great fun!

November 18, 2011 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Zev said...

My dad has played the guitar for as long as I can remember. My parents have pictures of me attempting to make noise come out of it when I was crawling. He finally gave me one of my own when I was about ten, with no instructions other than a chord chart, telling me that he had figured out how to play on his own and figured I could, too. I never realized how much of his unique style I had picked up until I started playing with other people in college, and they asked me why I rest my thumb on the bass string when I'm not plucking it. "I dunno. That's how my Daddy plays." :) Here's to learning new instruments, along with old favorites.

November 18, 2011 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Mustard Moon Farm said...

Oooo!! I'd love one of these!! Thanks for the opportunity!

November 18, 2011 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger Bertram said...

When I was 9 in school I joined a medieval music club and we were provided a mountain dulcimer kit - that I built myself and still have now, though it's too beaten to still be played...

I've played many ancient German, French or English tunes on this very american instrument, then when I became a full-time musician, I experimented a lot with it and electricity. Now I have plenty of guitars but I often tune them in modal tuning, and miss my good old dulcimer, and it seems that the strumstick could fulfill a need!

November 18, 2011 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger glacierwookie said...

I love piano music. I really wish that I could learn to play the piano. My mother and sister both play the piano really well, but I was too busy doing non-important things, as a child, to learn how to play. I wish I had taken the time to learn.

I would really like one of these "Strum Sticks"! Would be great for sitting around the campfire!

November 18, 2011 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

I played a flute in elementary school band, and wanted a harp in my teens, but these days I haven't picked an instrument up in so long, something simple would be ideal. I like the idea of being able to mess around and still make nice sounds. Thanks!

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November 18, 2011 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger Trekout2 said...

Oh please count me in on the drawing

November 18, 2011 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger silvertongueddevil said...

Wish I could play the fiddle--took a few lessons years ago but the teacher moved away, never found another. Still trying...

November 18, 2011 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Daniel Stormborn II said...

I saw Cathy Moore playing "Jump at the Sun" by John Kirkpatrick on a Gold Tone CEB-5 cello banjo and knew I had to have it. One irrational purchase later and it was mine.

November 18, 2011 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I saw a piece about Strum Sticks on PBS a while ago and think they're great! I grew up playing the piano and flute but have wanted to learn to play something more portable and fun for years. So far, I've been enjoying introducing my 4 month old son to music through rattles and a small bongo drum set. I figure learning percussion instruments is a good way to start with him but really want to play the fiddle, guitar or banjo some day. Hopefully, he will be interested, too. Thanks for the giveaway.

November 18, 2011 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger Geoff Shrieves said...

I play the guitar a bit, but always thought it would be great to be really accomplished on the mandolin. I think I first got into hearing Jimmy Page play it on "Battle of Evermore" - and one of my friends' parents had one, and I managed to pick out a few of the chords.

This strumstick looks like a heck of a lot of fun!

November 18, 2011 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger rsaunders said...

I would love to play violin or mandolin, I have dreamed for years, but cannot afford either!The strumstick would be incredible for me!

November 18, 2011 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger Brittany Aukett said...

Theres so many people entered :( I know I already entered twice just sending another comment so mine doesnt get lost in the jumble!!!! I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY want to win this!!! It would be such a perfect addition to my little urban homestead and I know my 3 year old would just fall head over heels to hear me play something!!!! :)

November 18, 2011 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger trish said...

I want to learn to play the strumstick. Since this is the instrument that you are giving away and I basically can't afford any other one. I am getting chickens this spring and I would love to make a video of the chickens with the strumstick music as background. As soon as I heard it I realized it was perfect background music for a video with baby chicks growing up into chicken ladies and peckin' at the bugs. Plus I'm petite and not very strong and it seems like a perfectly good instrument to take along with me with ease.

November 18, 2011 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Major Tom said...

Kind of like a balalaika or a shamisen [or even a mini-sitar] with frets. This baby would be cool with fingerboard note markers, but no frets--slide away!

November 18, 2011 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger Victor Crisen said...

I love the sound of the sarangi. An Indian violin-like instrument. The sliding calls coupled with a resonator-like tone just seems to touch souls. That feeling of music sliding through your spine!

November 18, 2011 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger leslie said...

truthfully, i'd be happy to play any instrument. just to make music myself rather than only hum along sounds perfectly freeing. i've never felt 'good' at music, but i'm so emotional about it that i'm convinced there must be music in me somewhere! other than piano lessons (that never went beyond "when the saints go marching in") i have no experience playing music. sounds like the strumstick may be just my thing! but i have daydreams about playing the guitar. one day :)

November 18, 2011 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger leslie said...

Shared!

November 18, 2011 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I've always wanted to be able to play the Pedal Steel. Nothing like the sound of one plaintively wailing in the background to bring a person near to tears.

November 18, 2011 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

I've always admired those that can play the piano like George Winston. His music can move me to happy tears. I'd love to learn to play something. I've got the time and the determination.

November 18, 2011 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger akipocky said...

The ukulele, an instrument I started playing because I found it so amusing at first but grew to love! It has such a calming character with the sound of each strum.

November 18, 2011 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Rose said...

Jenna,
My instrument is the piano but I have always wanted to learn guitar or banjo. If only I lived closer to Washington County I would be at your February 4th event in a heartbeat. Keep writing and doing what you are doing. You are an inspiration! Rose

November 18, 2011 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I would love to learn anything with a folkiness to it. I sing "my two sunshines" to my little girls and it would be wonderful to have an intstrument to go along with it! ANY instrument!!

November 18, 2011 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I shared it on FB!
I am not above begging! Please pick us!

November 18, 2011 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger werkkate said...

Guitar, Ukulele, French Horn, and (I can't believe there are others who also want to play..) Bagpipes!

The strumstick looks like fun.

November 18, 2011 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger Kairi said...

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November 18, 2011 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger Kairi said...

Shared.
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November 18, 2011 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

My favorite thing to play is my little harmonica. I took it with me when I went to Afghanistan. I learned some simple little tunes, but I enjoy it more when I just 'play' away on it. I feel connected to my roots! I am a Tennessee girl and playing music is an awesome thing...doesn't matter if you know how or not...just making music makes your soul sing!

November 18, 2011 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger JonPharr said...

I play guitar regularly but would like to learn to play the cello.. I've heard it played and never had the time or money to invest in one.

November 18, 2011 at 9:31 PM  
Blogger livin life said...

Oh yes please enter me! I love your life, I love my life but I really love yours too. I wish we lived closer....I'd be to all your classes and events!

November 18, 2011 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger Juda Baduda said...

This is awesome I wish I'll win.

November 18, 2011 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger pete1213 said...

i'm a fiddle man, but i'd love go get a bit more crazy

November 18, 2011 at 9:44 PM  
Blogger Diane in VT said...

I'm so not musically inclined, and I've never played an instrument. But the strumstick seems so beautiful and simple, like I could totally get the hang of it.

That and you've made me totally curious about the mountain dulcimer.

November 18, 2011 at 11:35 PM  
Blogger OddWolf said...

that looks crazy!!

November 18, 2011 at 11:36 PM  
Blogger barnowl1702 said...

Growing up in Hawaii, the ukulele was a large part of music in my family. As a child I wanted to play just like my dad and picked it up when I was nine. Now with a family of my own, I play everyday for my daughter and sing hawaiian songs to her. Now that she's the same age I was when I started playing, she is starting to show interest in learning how to play too. A strumstick would be great to help her on her way to learning to play stringed instruments. Thanks!

November 19, 2011 at 12:55 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

I'd be tickled to death to have a strumstick!

November 19, 2011 at 1:02 AM  
Blogger Theburn7 said...

My grandpa passed a tenor banjo down to me, and I was going to figure out how to play it. I figured out how it worked by experience with the guitar, and still... too hard for me, so I traded my grandpa the banjo for a mandolin. I became obsessed with the mandolin, and have been ever since.

November 19, 2011 at 3:40 AM  
Blogger Theburn7 said...

http://www.facebook.com/theburn7/posts/141637462608074

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November 19, 2011 at 3:49 AM  
Blogger Bill Park said...

Guitar moves me, particularly players like Ed Gerhard, Lawrence Juber, Pete Hutlinger, Muriel Anderson... and I've been playing guita since the 1960s. but if I was learning a new instrument today, it would be the harpejji.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harpejji

November 19, 2011 at 7:17 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This instrument seems really intense, I love folk music though, so I really hope that I win!

November 19, 2011 at 7:20 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

The guitar moves me... to tears! I just wish I played better.

November 19, 2011 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

SHARED!

November 19, 2011 at 8:00 AM  

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