#1
Is the banjo played just like a guitar except tuned differant?
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Yep, and the fifth string only goes halfway up. But you can get four-stringers which are just like "normal".

And yeah, they're not much different really. It's more common to be played fingerstyle with fingerpicks, but it's all up to personal preference I guess.
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The neck is heaps different than a guitar neck.
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#11
the tuning is different, thus chords are played differently. but the biggest difference i think is that there is more emphasis on your picking hand rather than your fretting hand.

in other words, 75% of learning how to play the banjo is learning how to fingerpick and different techniques and stuff

(if that makes sense at all)
#12
Yeah, the six stringers can be tuned the same as guitar, I think I'm gonna get one to record one of my songs that's more country-ish...Anyone know what's the cheapest one, since I won't use it much?
#13
I saw a six stringer at GuitarCenter last time I was there and fooled around with it, IIRC it was like $250. I don't remember who it was made by or anything.
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5 string banjos:
the highest string is situated above the lowest string, it starts half way up the neck and isn't normally fretted but just strummed, it's purpose is to add more brightness to the chords.

the lowest string is a D
the secound lowest string is a G
the second highest string is a B
the highest string is a D

So essentially, it's the top four strings of a guitar with the high E tuned to a D.

My advice, if you want a banjo, buy a cheap 5 stringer, you will pick it up very quickly.

I got a banjo a couple of months ago, they aren't hard to figure out at all, but its worthwhile learning how to play them in a traditional fashion.
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#19
No, you can get a six string banjo and tune it the same as a guitar though, just like what was said above.

I'll add this though, they actually start at very cheap prices for banjo-guitars. I was very suprised how reasonable it was. Might get one...
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5 string banjos:
the highest string is situated above the lowest string, it starts half way up the neck and isn't normally fretted but just strummed, it's purpose is to add more brightness to the chords.

the lowest string is a D
the secound lowest string is a G
the second highest string is a B
the highest string is a D

So essentially, it's the top four strings of a guitar with the high E tuned to a D.

My advice, if you want a banjo, buy a cheap 5 stringer, you will pick it up very quickly.

I got a banjo a couple of months ago, they aren't hard to figure out at all, but its worthwhile learning how to play them in a traditional fashion.

What is standard tuning for a 5 string?
#23
G (Highest) D (Lowest) G (Second Lowest) B (Middle) D (Second Highest).

For a five string.

EDIT: It's the most common anyway.
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#26
no...banjo is played by rolling kinda like arpegiating strings..it also uses a lot of string skipping and pinky rolls. the the top string is used like a folk guitar teqniche...but no..u would need to learn banjo seperatly