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A stringed musical instrument of the guitar family with a long fretted neck and a round open-backed body consisting of parchment stretched over a metal hoop, played by plucking or with a plectrum.

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Why does the 5th string of a 5 string banjo usually start from the 5th fret?

Why does the 5th string of a 5 string banjo usually start from the 5th fret? From the perspective of a beginning guitar player, it looks rather cumbersome both to play and manufacture. Wouldn't this ...
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Scruggs Banjo Tuners - are they necessary?

How necessary are Scruggs tuners when playing Scruggs-style banjo? They seem like something of a novelty to me, and I'd rather just not install them or learn how to do it, but don't want to leave it ...
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Should I learn or know guitar in order to learn to play the banjo?

Someone once told me I should know guitar first. Are these instruments different enough that learning banjo is independent of knowing guitar?
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What to play instead of chords with an informal group?

I typically play guitar with an informal group and we mostly play traditional and old-timey songs. When I am not soloing I usually just play the chord progression of the song. Recently however I ...
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Is it a bad idea to attach my strap just above the nut?

This question is mainly for my banjo but it seems to apply to my guitar as well. For me it is most comfortable to have the left end of the strap attached to just above the nut on the neck. Is this a ...