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Member Video Picks
Win a Set of Rickard High Ratio Tuners
Popular Forum Topics
Custom C-Scale Banjo Winner
See Banjo Details
Eric Schlange
Eric Schlange
BHO Webmaster
Happy New Year, everyone! Here's our first newsletter of the year, full of giveaway goodness and vicarious video voyages. Enjoy!

Free Ways to Help Your Banjo Playing

More focused practice * More playing with others * Getting the right guidance

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Slow Jam DVDs Not free but affordable:
Play-along Slow Jam DVDs: 56 favorites; chances to solo, chords on screen
Wernick Method Bluegrass Jam Classes Find one near you and start jamming!
Make Up Your Own Solos This video works!
Tab Archive $1 or 75¢ per tab; discount packages
Member Video Picks
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Daisy, Daisy
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I'll See You In My Dreams
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Home Sweet Home
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2020 Players Union Design Has Landed

The design for our 2020 Banjo Hangout Players Union shirts has been finalized and sent to the printers. It may be our best yet!

If you aren't yet a Players Union member, please consider joining to help support the site. Cost is only $20/year for membership with no shirt, or $30 with a t-shirt. Other benefits include automatic daily entry into prize drawings, some ads hidden, and more!
Drawing Prize

Win a Set of Rickard High Ratio Tuners

Enter for your chance to win a beautiful new set of the finest banjo tuners on the market today: Rickard's Cyclone Tuners. Their innovative cycloidal gear design offers a 10:1 gear ratio on the four peghead tuners (vs 4:1 on standard planetary gears) for precision tuning. The 5th string peg is a standard Gotoh peg with matching button.

"I'm thrilled to finally have precision banjo tuners that equal anything on my guitars. They're the best banjo tuners I've found." ~ Ron Block of Alison Krauss & Union Station

Winner gets their choice of nickel, gold, or polished brass finishes.
Drawing Prize

Can You Learn To Play By Ear? Take the Quiz!

Playing by ear is arguably the single most important skill a player can learn, opening the door to limitless possibility on the banjo.

But if you've never done it, you may not even think it's something you're capable of. How can you know?

Click here to learn more about what it takes to learn to play by ear, and take the quiz to find out if you possess the skills needed to learn how.
Play By Ear

Popular Forum Topics

Here are a few popular topics currently active on the Banjo Hangout forum:
What's this called? (besides wrong)
Holy Grail of Bacon Tenors(imho!)
Here's an idea that failed
Fear of Missing Out (Nomophobia)
New to the banjo world
12" pot for Bluegrass?
Most “powerful” tone?
Playing In The "Right" Key
Shaving bridges
Gibson recording king
Banjo Highway

Custom C-Scale Banjo Winner

Congrats to Brian Le Roy of Columbus, OH who won our drawing for beautiful custom C-scale banjo from Zach Hoyt at Hoyt Banjos!

Made from curly maple with walnut trim and a Romero-style armrest, it also features a streaky ebony fretboard and 10" block rim with integral wood tone ring.

Enjoy your banjo, Brian, and thanks to Zach for sponsoring the drawing!
Drawing Prize
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