#1
Forgive me if i put this in the wrong forum but i want to know if theres any other bassists amongst us who have done what i want to do So I've been playing bass for roughy 4 years or so. I recently went to the music store to get some strings and while i was there i saw some banjos and just thought it would be amusing to pick up a 2nd stringed instrument and i am really thinking about buying one. Plus lately I've been listening to a lot of bluegrass and i really enjoy it. So does anybody happen to know if banjo is easy to pick up on from a bass? or would another instrument be better suited? (preferably a folk instrument) I dont know a whole lot about chords, just a little bit, but i do know stuff about intervals and other music theory. So does anybody have advice about banjo in general such as technique differences compared to bass?

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I used to own one, for a couple of years, I just sold it a couple of months ago (out of necessity not loss of interest). It's a very good instrument to learn, especially for the right hand techniques you can take from it. I started out learning some Sufjan Stevens stuff, I'd say start somewhere like that, it's simple stuff that will get your feet wet.
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#4
not much for banjos. the technique is a bit different. mainly for the picking. the purpose is different.

if you get a plug in one it sounds awesome with heavy distortion.
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banjo would help your finger picking and slapping skills so yeah go for it
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right hand banjo technique works great on bass. Check out this guy's stuff, he uses a banjo-ish right hand technique, he has an amazing feel and groove. http://www.youtube.com/user/jenichxxx

It's great to be able to learn other instruments, it just gives you a bigger well of knowledge and tools to use on each one, and really helps you define your own sound.
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#7
Banjo is the other instrument in which fierce fingers vs pick arguments abound.

Not my cuppa, though I have to say I love what Bela Fleck does with one. But learning any instrument is a good move in my book.
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Why does evreyone match up bass forum with banjoes, wouldnt this be better suited in the pit or guitar forum is probably closer.
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Banjo is more guitar-like alright but if you can play any string instrument you can pick up any other one easily enough.
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Why does evreyone match up bass forum with banjoes, wouldnt this be better suited in the pit or guitar forum is probably closer.


because i play bass and i want to see if any other bassists on this site play both and find out what changes they had to make and new things they had to learn to go from bass to a banjo.
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#11
But why think of it as changes rather than a completly different instrument. Its sort of like me coming here and saying
"hey guys i play bass, but want to learn trumpet as well any advice on making the switch"

Silly i know, and hey i play both instruments.
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#12
If you want to play it, play it.

Does it really matter how easy it is to learn after bass, especially if you enjoy it.
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#13
My mate plays both,and he's pretty wicked at them both too, he says they do relate, but not hugely, but knowing both has helped him on each!
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#15
My friend has one and I play it pretty often, I picked it up quick enough just gotta get used to the different tunings.
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#16
I did the same thing. I love those things.

They are fun to play, I never got one but I play them every chance I get.

The only problem with them is tuning though. Once you get that it should be fine.