Familiarize yourself with your banjo. There are a number of types. The most common games are tenor banjo. Your banjo will have five strings, or four if it is a plectrum banjo. There are many settings for these five strings. The most popular is an open G-tuning, which means that the strings will be set to GDGBD and sound a G-chord when playing without pressing any frets. A beginning banjo book will offer you other settings, but the open G is a good place to start. You can also find different moods online for free.
Learn some basic track parts. You will find simple beginning chords in your banjo instruction manual. You can also find track parts for free online (see Resources). If you use an open G-tuning, you already know that you can play the G-chord without frothing. Add a basic C chord. To make a C chord, place your first finger on the first string on the second string, your second finger on the fourth string at the second fret, and your third finger on the second string on the first string. Strum the chords with your right hand using the pick. Once you have managed to switch between them, add a couple of new chords. A chord schedule is crucial. It will show you where to place your fingers on the frets and on which strings.
Practice fingerpicking techniques. This technique is essential for the feel and sound of the banjo. With the chords you have mastered, work with your picking technique by using your fingers to pick the individual strings. Pick the strings individually, from the thickest banjo string to the thinnest, so that each note rings clearly. If you hear a note that’s muffled, make sure you press your fingers on the frets (the spaces between the fret bars on the neck of your banjo).
Combine left and right game technology to get a full playing sound. Your left hand is typically the one that forms the chords, and your right is either strumming (running your pick over the strings from thickest to thinnest or vice versa) or picking your banjo strings. Exercise that forms each new chord you learn and holds it while you select the chord notes individually (as described above) or stream them.
Play simple banjo notes to Start. You can buy banja music at a notary or online. Most banjo books contain simple tunes, in some cases free (see Resources). Learn to read the banjo table, also called tab. The banjo tab is written on a four- or five-line chart that represents your banjo strings. The notes you need to play are written in the chart, with a number on the string where the note you are going to play is located. The number represents what you are playing. Most banjo players prefer to read and write music that way.
Banjo is a fun, up-tempo instrument that is often found in bluegrass and country music, and is also used in slapstick comedy music sketches. There are several types of banjos, but the playing techniques for them are all pretty much the same as the popular tenor or plectrum banjo. Learning to play the banana is not difficult, but it takes patience and practice to become skilled.