#1
Hey guys! For a long time, I've always wanted to buy a banjo and learn how to play it. I'm so fascinated by bluesgrass-banjoplayers and groups like Mumford and Sons. I'm a very experienced guitar player, and I play a lot of fingerstyle... for example, Andy McKee songs.

I wanted to see there's any guitarplayers that started playing banjo, and if the transition is hard? Or if anyone want to give me some tips? I guess I'm aiming for a 5 string, and I think that's going to be confusing. I havent played with thumbpick either.

And if someone knows a good Banjo that's not too expensive?

I do not intend to quit playing guitar of course.

Cheers!
#2
Have you experimented with open G tuning on the guitar? If you haven't yet, look it up, try tuning your guitar that way, maybe learn some Stones songs (Keith Richards uses open G a lot for guitar). If I'm not mistaken, banjos tune to Open G too, so maybe it'll help you get used to that tuning.
#3
Quote by ironmanben
Have you experimented with open G tuning on the guitar? If you haven't yet, look it up, try tuning your guitar that way, maybe learn some Stones songs (Keith Richards uses open G a lot for guitar). If I'm not mistaken, banjos tune to Open G too, so maybe it'll help you get used to that tuning.


Not really, been playing alot in DADGAD, but not open G. I might do that! Thanks!
#4
Its a worthwhile transition that I recommend highly! It may be difficult to pick up if you are not accustomed to playing fingerstyle guitar (with plenty of rolls).

The new note layout comes naturally with time.
#5
My Variax has a banjo model on it. Sounds pretty good. :P

There are guitar-banjos out there that would be easier for a guitarist to play, but I don't think you can really do the same riffs that you could do on a traditional banjo. It's more if you want that banjo sound with a guitar feel.