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Old 11-02-2010, 03:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm planning on learning how to play the Banjo and was wondering if anyone could give me tips for a beginner? I have already been playing guitar for three years. Any tips are appreciated
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Old 11-02-2010, 06:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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4, 5, or 6 string?

also depends on whether or not you're learning it because you actually want to play a new instrument or if you're getting one because it's the flavour of the season instrument for folkies.

if it's the first then get a few lessons on finger picking and open tunings if you're not already quite familiar with them. pick up some Earl Scruggs for an idea of where the modern instrument came from and some Bela Fleck for where the instrument can go now.

the banjo is not just a reshaped guitar with a distinct tone.

however, there are plenty of people who take it exactly that way, and if you happen to be one of those trendy folkies who just wants that tone while you just play it the same as an acoustic guitar then it doesn't matter what instrument you get. just grab the prettiest one on the wall.
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Old 11-04-2010, 10:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Are you sure that you want to play the Banjo? I don't know but I think it just not much that you could do with it. You should definitely think carefully before picking a new instruction since it means a lot of patient, dedication,and hardwork. After thinking it through, you still want to play it then definitely learn it no matter what everyone says.
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Old 11-05-2010, 06:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Are you sure that you want to play the Banjo? I don't know but I think it just not much that you could do with it.
You sound like someone who needs to listen to more banjo.
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Just moved in with a guy who's got a banjo and it was so much fun to play. It was 5 string and the sound is just some much fun to play around with. Messed around with the tunings to use it for some completely styles of music.

Here's a great use of a banjo:

"Wedding" by Shugo Tokumaru - YouTube

Hope you get one and enjoy it!
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