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Overwhelming urge to play the banjo, good beginner banjo?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Fretting out, Oct 5, 2020.

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  1. Renegade

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    "Overwhelming urge to play the banjo"

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

    In all seriousness, my grandmother was an amazing player (both guitar and banjo) and I enjoyed listening to her.

    If possible, when it comes time to buy, I would recommend taking someone that knows how to play.
    Just like the guitar...a player can tell the difference between cheap and inexpensive.

     
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    On the part of the owner, or the banjo itself?
     
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    Have you spoken to a professional about your urges?
     
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    Yes.

    In all seriousness though, I think it's great that the OP is looking to branch out into new musical territory. My uncle was a session musician for many years just on the strength of figuring out how a bunch of different instruments played. He was the one they called when someone would ask "anyone knows how to play a <instrument>?"
     
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    nothing wrong with tha banjo at all .. just make sure your guys are as good as these and no one will ever notice you got a jones :)

     
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    I skipped the beginner banjo step, figuring that I would want a decent banjo, ultimately. However, when I was looking, it appeared the Deering Goodtimes was a solid choice that could be a first banjo but still be OK for initial performing.

    I also liked the GoldTone.
     
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    I got a used epiphone banjo for 65.00... it got me started just fine...

    it will let you know how serious you are gonna get.
     
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    Banjos are heavy. They are made of brass or rolled steel.
     
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    I recently bought a 6-string banjo. I wanted a 'real' banjo, but with a 6-string banjo the other guys I jam with can play it when they want. I do play it with finger picks and a thumb pick, in a feeble attempt to sound as close to a real banjo as possible. I will own a real banjo in the near future.

    I have a good friend who got a banjo for under $200 on Amazon. I picked up a used Epiphone banjo off Craigslist for my niece for $80. They are really good starter instruments. If you have the budget, go for something more expensive than a starter instrument, but know that beginner priced banjos aren't complete junk. The guy who said "get a starter to see how serious you are" gave really good advice.

    Also, if you can set up a guitar, it's not difficult to set up a banjo; there are differences, but it is no more difficult than setting up a guitar. There are plenty of good resources online.

    One final note- playing with finger picks has been extremely difficult for me. A brand called Pro-Pik (incidentally part of the Deering Banjo Co.) makes a finger pick called 'Finger Tone'. They allow the flesh of your fingers to contact the string. They made it much easier for me to fingerpick with picks.
     
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    About five years ago I got the itch, shopped around, and settled on the Gold Tone CB100 open-back (old timey) banjo. Sounds great, amazing customer support, and it's been a blast.

    I'm glad I did.
     
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    Put a GR-55 on your tele and use the banjo presets.
     
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    I already play my tele in a banjoesq style and use a thumb pick

    I’ve also been playing in open g exclusively for the last couple years witch happens to be the “standard” banjo tuning

    I figured the next logical step is to see if I can do it

    I’ve always wanted to, figured I’d might as well get a start on it
     
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    Recording King makes some very good beginner banjos as well as pro grade.. I had an overwhelming urge to play banjo 45 yrs ago Finally got over it after spending thousands of dollars on them.
     
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    The classic movie " Deliverance " is a must see for all aspiring banjo players...
     
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    First thing that popped into my head was 'get help'.
     
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    If going with a bluegrass resonator banjo with a metal tone ring, you may want to consider an "attenuator" -- http://www.mikesbanjomute.com.

    The suggestion for the Deering Goodtime series is a good one.
     
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    Aaaaaahahahahahaha!!!
     
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    I also feel the pull and allure of other stringed instruments. Mando and banjo specifically. Just got a Uke from the MF stupid deal of the day and I just see it as a toy. A mando from the same price I would treasure. Not sure why I don’t take Ukes seriously.
     
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    My wife bought me a Fender FB-55 banjo a few years ago. It's an excellent banjo for beginner/ intermediate player.
    Then get the book and CD of "Earl Scruggs and the 5-string Banjo" and metal finger picks.
    Go through the entire book playing 20 minutes a day,everyday, try not to skip a day.
    Give it one year then decide if you want to continue.
    I played guitar for 40 years then wanted to learn three finger Scruggs style banjo.
    The banjo is not a guitar. I found it one of the hardest instruments to learn but if you stick with it , it's worth it.
     
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