When we moved from Wilmington, Delaware, to Albany, New York, I missed very much playing rhythm banjo for the Red Lion Jazz Band. I kept practicing for awhile, but the motivation wasn’t there.
For a couple of years I did perk up for a band at our church. We played a variety of dance tunes at social occasions. When that band broke up, my banjo playing trailed off to nothing.
Somebody moved my banjo out of the deepest spot in a closet, so I saw it. I realized I missed it. I took it to the luthier in Schenectady to replace the nut and a few worn frets. I tuned new strings as a plectrum banjo: C, G, B, D—C tuning without the 5th string.
I set out to learn the plectrum banjo style: chords up and down the fingerboard, melody mostly on the highest pitched (D) string.