Banjo

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  1. TheSunShinesThrough

    TheSunShinesThrough Well-Known Member

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    Is it like playing guitar? How hard is it to learn if you already have a decent amount of theory down?
     
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    tubes Well-Known Member

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    I'm experiencing this as a REALLY big question.
     
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    Micky Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Strumming it is easy, easy to learn chords depending on the tuning.
    Finger-picking with a drone string is a bit more difficult.
     
  4. TheSunShinesThrough

    TheSunShinesThrough Well-Known Member

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    Is it strummed, tuned & fingered just like a guitar?
     
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    tubes Well-Known Member

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    Darn it Sunshine,

    What exactly are you aiming at?

    My understanding is that, these days, you can buy a thing that has the construction of a banjo but with the strings that belong to the the top end of a guitar.
     
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    If you google it will tell you;)
     
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    chiliphil1 Well-Known Member

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    Banjo is a b*tch! 5 strings tuned GDGBD. Chords are generally easy but you've got to get your rolls down (picking patterns) and understand that most of what you hear on a banjo are slides, hammer ons, pull offs, etc.. It's a tricky instrument to learn. I actually think that knowing how to play guitar makes it harder to learn banjo because it's so different. You could get a banjotar which is 6 string and tuned the same as a guitar. I've never tried one but I would assume it would be easier to deal with but you won't have the traditional banjo sound.
     
  9. Vinsanitizer

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    +1.

    I've tried my wife's banjo, and it's a lot different than guitar for sure - different paradigm. Same with mandolin, which I play. Different tuning + different chord shapes + old guitar playing habits = PITA. But, you can do it if you keep at it.
     
  10. blues_n_cues

    blues_n_cues Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    no,it's nothing like playing guitar & that's where people have the problem-trying to equate it w/ a guitar.
     
  11. scat7s

    scat7s New Member VIP Member

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    I had a 4 string banjo for a bit...which was good cuz im left handed and all...that 5th string doesn't work strung upside down.

    never really learned how to play it in any traditional sense, but it was cool for a different sound/element in a recording context. chords/melody...

    Id like to try one of those 6 string ones...
     
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    Totally agree - total different instrument. I was so lost and just gave up even trying. :wallbash:
     
  13. TheSunShinesThrough

    TheSunShinesThrough Well-Known Member

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    What are some other instruments that I could pick up easily if I know a decent amount of guitar theory? Keyboards maybe?


    What else?
     

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