Hi guys. I’m hoping to join some form of beginners group where I can learn where to buy a decent beginners banjo and where I might join others in beginners tuition.
Any ideas to start me off?
Sorry guys, I should have said I’m in Adelaide, South Australia.
If you go to the "learn" tab on the left side of the page, you will see a link to search for a teacher. As of a few minutes ago, 11 teachers were listed under Australia. In-person lessons are good, but lessons via Skype, Duo or whatever video conferencing platform you have there will allow you to have lessons online if in-person is not practical.
Hopefully, some of your countrymen/women will give you some ideas of where to buy a banjo. From past readings, there are some shops there, plus a few makers as well.
It would be helpful to future posters if you tell us what music you like to listen to, what music you'd like to learn to play, and perhaps any experience you have had with other instruments.
Edited by - thisoldman on 10/19/2020 18:03:11
Welcome to world of banjo playing. Firstly your choice of beginner banjo in Oz is quite limited and value for money is poor by American standards. I started out on a Deering Goodtime. I bought it new from a store in Brisbane. Nothing special but a nice light beginners banjo out of the box. When it became a reality that I could play 'a bit' I progressed to a better instrument. As for learning, there are may excellent youtube videos from people including Hilarie Burhans, Tom Collins, Lukas Poole and a raft of others that explain the concept and processes excellently.
Welcome to the HangOut.
if your goal is to have fun, there are some basic moves that are very versatile.
If your goal is to WOW! the other people in the room with your dazzling skills, that's going to take some effort.
Either way, figure out what you want, go for it, and feel free to change course, as the Fates allow.
If you are after something better that store offerings, don't forget Ray Black in Geelong. His craftsmanship is superb.
You asked about beginner groups: If you go to the "Forums" tab on the upper left hand side of the page, click on that, click on "groups" then do a search for "beginners" you will find some beginners groups. And then if you search for "Aussie" you''ll find a few groups there as well. Warning - the groups might not be real active, but you will be able to see the old posts and who belongs to the group(s). By the way, beginners are welcome on any forum.
In order to get useful responses, you need to say what sort of banjo playing you will be interested in. The two biggest and most visible groupings are Bluegrass and Old Time. There are subsets in both (especially Old Time). Without knowing what you want to learn, people will make assumptions which might lead you to the perfect banjo
and teacher, or in a totally wrong direction.
Because the original post was in the Clawhammer/Old Time section, I assumed the poster was interested in this style of play. Happy to be proved wrong!
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