#1
Hey, I'm going to get a banjo for christmas, but was wondering which type i should go for: 4, 5, or 6 string. I'm already a fairly good guitarist, and so i wouldn't have any trouble adapting and playing a 6 string, though I know 4 and 5 strings are favoured. Was just wondering if anyone here played the banjo or knew much about them so they could help me out.
Thanks.
#2
I'd go for a 5 string; a 6 string banjo just feels like an awkward guitar. I've not played a 4 string so I can't comment on them
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#3
Get a 5-string. It's best for getting the "authentic" banjo sound. It's quite easy to learn, and if you're used to playing guitar, it's not too hard to adapt, especially if you're a decent fingerpicker. It's hella fun, I can tell you that!
#4
Thanks guys, I've been doing some research and I think I may be going for the 5 or 6 string. Apparently the 4 string can be played with a plectrum which may be easier for me, can the 5 string be played with a plectrum too? Just wondering as I'd probably find it easier to pick up. Also, does anyone have any opinions on Ozark or Tanglewood banjos as they're the 2 brands that keep coming up when I search.
Thanks a lot, I appreciate your help.
#5
you can play all of them with a pick, but it'd cost you a lot of extra effort, while you can save yourself the trouble by fingerpicking, which also helps gettin that authentic banjo sound.. but it's your choice..

i'd go for the 5 too btw, but it's also the only kind i've ever played..

it's lots of fun whichever one you get, so have fun
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#6
4 string banjos are more for irish tunes, and 5 strings are for bluegrass music and usually played with finger and thumb picks
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#7
Don't go for a 6 string.

You can play any banjo with a pick, but it's just not the same. If you're going to buy a banjo at least play it like a banjo should be played.

Also, check out my band in my sig, the banjo in those songs is a 5 string

Guitars:
Duesenberg Starplayer TV
Fender Jaguar
Indie PRS Copy
Faith Saturn E/Acoustic
Simon & Patrick SP12
Fender Jazz Bass
#8
Cigar,
Get a 5 string... also, remember the old saying with banjos... They take five years to learn, plus five years to play, plus five years to master.
Dish
#9
thanks a lot for your help guys, I really appreciate it.
I've ordered a 5 string washburn, and yes I've decided I'm going to learn it properly, no picks, etc. Thanks a bunch!
#10
You're gonna have a lot of fun, man.

By the way, I was thinking about making some banjo tabs, does anyone know if they'd be accepted onto U-G? I know I should probably ask in the tabs forum, but I'm asking here, since this is a thread about banjos, and I'm more likely to get a sensible answer here than in the tabs forum.
#11
Quote by Cigaro
does anyone have any opinions on Ozark or Tanglewood banjos as they're the 2 brands that keep coming up when I search.

I've got an Ozark RB3, a 5-string bluegrass banjo. It's a lovely instrument.


Quote by kyrreca
By the way, I was thinking about making some banjo tabs, does anyone know if they'd be accepted onto U-G?

You can try putting them in. If they get rejected send them to Banjo Hangout. They'll take them.