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Posted by krispicking on Monday, September 29, 2008

I ve been looking for information on banjo s on the internet for the past days, is hard to decide what to do..
I really want to get started on the banjo, but need an instrument first..the thing is being a guitarist I know that a good instrument is not the cheapest instrument most of the time

so I will have to guard my budget yet find a GOOD instrument to play.
I WILL find it, but am getting pretty impatient haha
it looks like so much fun, and I have  a feeling my fingerpicking skills on the guitar may very well serve me on learning to play bluegrass banjo.

I know learning to play an instrument can easily take years but I am experienced on the guitar  my fingers are strong and I know how to play chords even if the chords on the banjo are different. I will learn. I think the one thing that may give me trouble at first is to use the fingerpicks..I am used to play withouth those and they will take away quite a lot of feeling from my fingers.but i suppose practise will help at that too, havent found a teacher but decided to go for the dvd s available..and some online lessons..

I am so looking forward to this


6 comments on “still looking”

twayneking Says:
Monday, September 29, 2008 @1:47:23 PM

Just cruise around this site, ask questions, get to know everybody.  Everything you need is right here!!!

TopCat Says:
Monday, September 29, 2008 @2:24:52 PM

Welcome Kris. You could go to Community/Member Homepages and do a search for members in the NL (and then send some a pm asking about good music stores) - or indeed put up a thread in the Other Banjo Related Topics. Eagle Music here in the UK are a good mail order supplier I believe (not sure of the shipping costs to Holland). is great for free online lessons. Good luck! TC 

krispicking Says:
Monday, September 29, 2008 @2:59:18 PM

still have to find out how it all works on the site, but this sure is a great place to be , thanks so much for the answers

at this point there is one banjo that seems to be a good choice for a beginner like me, the deering goodtime II, and my own musicstore has it for sale for a reasonable price.

I think I may go there to check that one out I could order it but at the shop they can give me some more advice, I can try it, and they will set it up for me..I ve found the reviews on that banjo on this website, and it seems to be an over all good instrument for this price:)


TopCat Says:
Tuesday, September 30, 2008 @4:59:42 AM

Goodtime 2 - that's what I have, and I love it. I think it has a lovely, organic "woody" tone which I actually prefer to some of the expensive multi $$$ instruments I have tried. A really decent banjo for the beginner.

Texasbanjo Says:
Tuesday, September 30, 2008 @5:36:40 AM

The problem most guitarists have when they start on banjo is the 5th string -- they're not used to that string and it takes time and practice, practice, practice for them to use their thumb on that string.  Also, banjos are more arpeggiated (rolls) than guitars and much less linear (scalar) than guitars.  Get over those 2 problems and it'll be much easier.

krispicking Says:
Tuesday, September 30, 2008 @9:20:09 AM

hi texasbanjo

thanks for the good advice. I was hoping maybe my classical picking skills will pay of a little bit, I am used to use the thumb on the three bass strings on the guitar and pick the three melody strings with my fingers., I don t flatpick that much really..
I do play rolls aswell but they are bound to be different from the ones you d play on a banjo I think. at least the coordination in my hands is good, and i allready have hardened fingers haha..I have been watching tutorial video's to figure out the techniques and the slide , hammer on and pull off techniques are techniques I allready use on the guitar..but it is going to be strange not to have six strings for sure!

in any case there wil be a lot to learn ,..but it will be fun..and the great thing is, I ve got lots of musician friends to practise I can start off with three chords songs and actually use them in the band for fun:)


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