Learning to play the banjo these days is easier than ever. With the popularity of the banjo and acoustic music growing at a record pace, there are more tools to learn with as well as other musicians to play with.
Here are some great ways to learn:
You can find a local banjo teacher in your area and doing a Google search for “banjo teacher your city/town” or “banjo lessons your city/town“.
There is a plethora of 5-string banjo books out there to help you learn. There are less for 4-string and 6-string banjo, but there are some.
There are a number of good online teaching tools these days. Two of these are ArtistWorksand Peghead Nation. Both offer video lessons by accomplished banjo players such as Tony Trischka and Bill Evans.
There are also hundreds of banjo video lessons available on YouTube.
There is usually a local bluegrass, folk, old time, or some other acoustic music jam in most cities. Try searching one out in your area using a Google search, live music listings, etc.
Don’t be afraid to go and play with others no matter what skill level you are at. These types of groups are almost always very welcoming for new faces.
The best way to learn is to play with others.
Let us know about the ways you like to learn in the comments below.
This was originally posted on the Deering banjo website, but we decided it'd be good to show here as well in order to help people learn how to buy a banjo.
Of all the questions we receive about banjos, this has to be one of the most common. We will keep this explanation very short but if you have any further questions, send them to us and we’ll answer all of your questions.
So, by popular demand, here is our answer.