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Questions tagged [banjo]

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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Is this Rock-a-My Soul 5-string banjo tablature for one instrument or two?

What does this 5-string banjo tablature represent? I took this to be for a single banjo where notes such as those above the labels A and C are pinches. However, that doesn't make sense at the note ...
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Tenor Banjo Tuning

Have aquired a tenor banjo and do not know how I should tune it up. The nut to bridge is 23 inches in length so is completely different from my current soprano ukulele. I seek advice as to how to tune ...
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How to improve technique on a C chord for the banjo?

I'm working through a Hal Leonard guide using a rented Aria banjo. Eventually I have in mind to get a Deering Goodtime 2. The neck widths are both 1-1/4, based on measuring the Aria and reading about ...
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Why is a banjo on a lesson book's tracks tuned to 438hz?

I have a Hal Leonard banjo lesson book that includes a series of tracks for downloading, including 5 tracks with tuning notes. I tuned a banjo using an electronic tuner set to 440hz, and noticed the ...
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Can I use a tenor banjo bridge on a plectrum banjo?

I just got a Fender Robert Schmidt 4-string plectrum banjo and the bridge string spacing is extremely wide. It seems to be about 10/16" between each string. I play Dixieland jazz and would prefer a ...
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How to chose chords on Plectrum Banjo

I'm new on harmonic music world because I play a melodic instrument. Now, I have as a second instrument a Plectrum Banjo (standard tunning CGBD) and I would like to play with friends some Jazz songs. ...
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Daylight between each note

Pat Cloud's "Key to Five-String Banjo" is a book of scale exercises. Before the first exercise, Mr. Cloud writes (emphasis mine): Always start slowly and increase speed on each exercise only when ...
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Stringing my Kala Concert Banjolele

I have a new Kala Concert Banjolele. I am intrigued by the tones of the device but I'm afraid that I will break the strings if I try to tune to a tone too high. Our local banjo store (with no banjos ...
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Why is a plectrum banjo played with a guitar pick and not with finger picks?

I have a four string plectrum banjo, which is essentially like a five string banjo but without the short drone string. Why is a plectrum banjo played with a guitar pick and not fingerstyle or with a ...
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Why is a tenor banjo typically tuned in fifths?

I have two tenor banjos both tuned in "Chicago tuning", DGBE, that is, like the four highest-pitched strings of the guitar. I am told, and I see from research on Teh Internetz that this is unusual. ...
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One string on banjo not tuning properly

My Banjo is fair to good quality and strings 1, 2, 3, and 5 all go up 1/2 step per fret as they are supposed to. The 4th string is tuned to D and I tune it quite flat and it doesn't go up 1/2 step, it ...
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Banjo 5th string as a melody note

I'm looking Wildwood Flower in Wayne Erbsen's Clawhammer Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus. On line one, he specifies that the G in the first line be played with the thumb on the 5th string. This is ...
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Guitar Banjo used as G-banjo

Would it make any sense to retune the first and fifth strings of a "guitar banjo" (which is essentially a guitar neck with a banjo sound board) and play it like a G 5-string banjo?
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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 ...