Why the Deering Goodtime is a great beginner banjo.

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I have heard over and over from people buying a banjo for the first time. “I want to buy the cheapest banjo I can buy until I know I can learn how to play”.   This is the worst thing you can do.   It is not good for several reasons. It is obvious that the reason […]

Holiday Gift Ideas for Banjo Players at Banjo.com

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You know exactly what your banjo-obsessed musician wants this year for a gift: A brand new Huber VRB-75. Or an original pre-war Gibson in mint condition. If neither of those are in your range of possibilities this year, there are plenty of holiday gift ideas for banjo players available at Banjo.com. It can be a challenge buying […]

Success for Learning to Play Music by Ear

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If you want to play traditional music, especially in bluegrass picking circles, one of the first skills that we encourage you to develop is playing by ear. You might think this is a skill for professionals, but anyone can do it. By following these steps for learning to play music by ear, you will be able to play together […]

Banjo for Beginners: Select from Banjo.com

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Ready to follow through on that New Year’s resolution of learning how to play a stringed instrument? Banjo for beginners is so much fun plus our all-inclusive packages have everything you’ll need to get started. From the instrument itself to the carrying case and even online support via email, the hardest thing is going to be deciding […]

Clawhammer to Classical: Banjo Playing Styles and Sounds

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There are many ways of playing the banjo. This old-time instrument, which typically features four or five strings, is associated with several musical styles, including traditional Irish music, bluegrass music, Dixieland jazz and country music. The following are some of the most popular Banjo playing styles and sounds. Clawhammer This “traditional” style of banjo playing produces […]

Tips for Playing in a Bluegrass Band

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Learning to play a bluegrass instrument is great fun. You can learn a multitude of songs, play along with your favorite recordings, and start to develop your own style of play. Practicing alone is rewarding, but playing with other pickers is where the joy really begins. Bluegrass music is all about getting together with friends and family to […]

Differences Between Open Back & Closed Back Banjo

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Differences Between Open Back and Closed Back (Resonator) Banjos There’s something about the cheery twang of a banjo that makes it a fun instrument to hear and to play. The snappy notes that flow from a 5-string make us think of lively bluegrass music, and so many songs would not feel complete without it. However, […]

Anatomy and Design: Understanding the Construction of the Banjo

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The banjo might seem to have a simple design on the surface, but there’s a lot more to it than that. Banjos have an intricate design that consists of several parts. The construction of the banjo can be thought of as two main parts, called the neck and the pot assembly, that both contain several […]

Banjo Lessons on YouTube for Beginners

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You can find our beginner banjo lessons on YouTube. The banjo might seem like a straightforward instrument to play, but it takes a lot of practice to master. There are different playing techniques to learn, as well as different types of banjos to play. When you’re just starting, it’s important to find lessons that are […]