Banjo? Sitar? Any guitarists have experience with these instruments?

#1
I am one of those weirdos who loves the sound of the banjo and of the sitar. I want to ask guitarists who have picked up either of these instruments or both about how easy or hard it was to transfer your skills over. How much spillover was there, in other words.

I also love the oud as well.
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#2
I just started playing the banjo at christmas as I also love the sound. It's pretty easy if you're used to fingerpicking your acoustic, the only real barrier when you're starting is remembering that the string that should be the lowest note is actually the highest, so you're thumb is responsible for both the lowest and highest notes but it's no bigy really, have fun!
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#3
its a fretted string instrument, its the exact same i mean what could the difference even be other than learning a new tuning?

sitars are only more difficult in so far as the frets can be moved.
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#5
I'm a banjo picker, as well as theogonia777 and banjocal. There's an official banjo thread in the acoustic forum. Go there.
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I'm a banjo picker, as well as theogonia777 and banjocal. There's an official banjo thread in the acoustic forum. Go there.


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#7
what's so "weirdo" about these?

weirdo is when you're a middle-aged workless fat person with a nasty beard and long oily hair who spends his life shredding "awesome" licks & shitwith some ugly*ss pointy guitar. (less ignorant than you're statement)

Anyway, I've seen guitar banjo's, they're just 6 string banjo's so you won't have to learn new chord-things for your fingers in order to learn playing it.

Mandolins, sitars, etc were used (more frequently) widly by old rock bands

oud's are also nice, but it's more for eastern music.
#8
If you know how to do some basic finger picking it can transfer onto banjo and basic music theory will transfer to most instruments. The terms "hammer-on" and "pull-off" came from banjo players. I never played a sitar, but are wanting too as well. They are both respectable instruments to play and nothing weird about wanting to play them. You're a musician after all right?
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#9
I started playing banjo like 2 months ago ish, I love it. like was said before, the highest string above the lowest messed me up a bit, I actually never had any experience finger picking prior to picking it up haha. its a great experience and personally it helped me think outside the box with patterns and scales and stuff
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#10
Get a real instrument like the Mandolin. Bitches love mandolins.
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#11
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Anyway, I've seen guitar banjo's, they're just 6 string banjo's so you won't have to learn new chord-things for your fingers in order to learn playing it.


Yeah, and that way you won't have to learn the majority of the licks that make up vocabulary of the banjo either. I mean, it's not like people get a banjo because they want to be able to play banjo licks.

Mandolins, sitars, etc were used (more frequently) widly by old rock bands


You have a really strange definition of the word "widely" though.
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what's so "weirdo" about these?

weirdo is when you're a middle-aged workless fat person with a nasty beard and long oily hair who spends his life shredding "awesome" licks & shitwith some ugly*ss pointy guitar. (less ignorant than you're statement)

Anyway, I've seen guitar banjo's, they're just 6 string banjo's so you won't have to learn new chord-things for your fingers in order to learn playing it.

Mandolins, sitars, etc were used (more frequently) widly by old rock bands

oud's are also nice, but it's more for eastern music.

Holy shit, you're so pissy and passive aggressive it's unbelievable!

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Yeah, and that way you won't have to learn the majority of the licks that make up vocabulary of the banjo either. I mean, it's not like people get a banjo because they want to be able to play banjo licks.


You have a really strange definition of the word "widely" though.


Yeah, I know what you're saying bro. Banjo licks on a 6-string Banjo is impossible.. I once tried it, broke my index finger and my cat exploded. Bro.

I indeed should do some research of 60's & 70's rock'n'roll and psychedelic bands and such.
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Yeah, I know what you're saying bro. Banjo licks on a 6-string Banjo is impossible.. I once tried it, broke my index finger and my cat exploded. Bro.

I indeed should do some research of 60's & 70's rock'n'roll and psychedelic bands and such.
Can you forgtive my errors I done in the past? Bro.

Thank you for your enlightenment fine sir! Bro.


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#16
charlie flynn, I dont think I could say it any better. I been pickin the banjo for about a year now, but the high string on top is hard to get used to. But overall not bad. Too bad UG doesnt have banjo tabs........
#17
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sitars are only more difficult in so far as the frets can be moved.

Don't sitars also use microtones? Like quarter-tones and such?
#18
Never played sitar.

Spent a few hours playing banjo before. Pretty easy to get your head around once you start recognising the note patterns associated with the open G tuning.