When you are the ‘musical friend’ you end up collecting a lot of unexpected musical instruments. A family member comes back from an exotic holiday with gifts of interesting foods and wines for everyone, except of course they also brought back a supposedly authentic traditional hand drum – which is given to the musical friend. Even at christams, a peculiarly shaped percussion instrument most probably intended for age 3-5 makes a wonderful present for the musical friend.
So whilst the quality of my collection of music instruments might be quite varied, I am very grateful to be the musical friend, and especially so when a house-hold clear-out yields an unexpected banjo!
So far I’ve spent a few minutes of youtube learning how to maintain the thing, and a few clicks on ebay finding some strings, and before too long should be able to get her into playable shape. Then all I’ll need to do is carry out the final duty of the musical friend in such situations, which is to try and learn how to play the damn thing.