freshtunes
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#1
I've been playing guitar for 5 years now, and also play sax, bass, drums, and piano. Is there a big learning curve to the banjo? Any information would be appreciated. Thanks.
XxXLuisanXxX
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#5
If it it's hard because of fingerpicking, thats dumb. Everyone should be able to play not just with their thumbs, but the middle, index and ring finger. It opens a whole new world of possiblities, take Jerry's Breakdown as an example.
freshtunes
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#6
Well I've been learning finger picking for a couple months now. Just working out some simple stuff, running through a few lessons and exercises.
mgetz
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#7
Its easy if you're half-decent at finger-picking.
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#8
Quote by XxXLuisanXxX
If it it's hard because of fingerpicking, thats dumb. Everyone should be able to play not just with their thumbs, but the middle, index and ring finger. It opens a whole new world of possiblities, take Jerry's Breakdown as an example.
winwinwinwinwinwinwin. this individual wins.

i only fingerpick nowadays. single notes arent enough of a high anymore.

clawhammer is a pretty hard technique, but its damn impressive. anyway, youre gonna learn to fingerpick. its a very cool instrument when well played.
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reaper_x
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#9
i can play the banjo with my teeth and both my hands tied behind my back while
having sex with Carmen Electra in the gym while doing weights.

i know, im god.
SomeoneYouKnew
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Quote by XxXLuisanXxX
If it it's hard because of fingerpicking, thats dumb. Everyone should be able to play not just with their thumbs, but the middle, index and ring finger. It opens a whole new world of possiblities, take Jerry's Breakdown as an example.
You obviously know nothing about it.

The fingerpicking is only a small part of the difficulty.

1 - The strings are under more tension than most guitars. The left hand works harder, too.

2 - Banjo is "percussive". It sustains for a much shorter time than a guitar. So parts written for the banjo tend to have many more notes in the same length of time.

3 - There are several different "standard" tunings for the banjo. NONE of them are the same as the tuning on a guitar.

4 - The 5th string on the banjo doesn't go all the way to the nut. That's just bloody weird.


It's a very different instrument from the guitar.
The ability to play guitar is only a small advantage when learning the banjo.
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freshtunes
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Quote by SomeoneYouKnew
You obviously know nothing about it.

The fingerpicking is only a small part of the difficulty.

1 - The strings are under more tension than most guitars. The left hand works harder, too.

2 - Banjo is "percussive". It sustains for a much shorter time than a guitar. So parts written for the banjo tend to have many more notes in the same length of time.

3 - There are several different "standard" tunings for the banjo. NONE of them are the same as the tuning on a guitar.

4 - The 5th string on the banjo doesn't go all the way to the nut. That's just bloody weird.


It's a very different instrument from the guitar.
The ability to play guitar is only a small advantage when learning the banjo.

I like a challenge. Where is your sense of adventure?
SomeoneYouKnew
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I like a challenge. Where is your sense of adventure?
imho adventures are meant to be hot, wet and sticky. But to each their own. Go for it, dude.
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#17
I'm trying to learn too. It's not easy. Good luck though.
I can honestly say I have really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like.


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sheppard30
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#19
I think for good fingerpicking players it will be easy.
I never played banjo, but ive seen some tabs and the chords are pretty easy, its just fast constant fingerpicking. I think it will be hard to get used to banjo tunings.
blynd_snyper
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#20
I can play it, it's really not that bad.

Once you've got past the adjustment it really isn't hard to pick it up. There are enough tutorials on youtube to turn you into a decent player. Of course the fingerpicks are weird, as is the feeling of trying to fingerpick in a new way, but you get used to it very quickly.

Go for it, unless you have no sense of rhythm it'll be fairly easy.