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Playing Bluegrass Back-Up on Fiddle, Mandolin & Banjo

As you might guess, there are numerous differences between old-time and bluegrass music, although they share a lot of similarities too. In old-time music, the banjo, fiddle and mandolin generally play the melody all at the same time. During an old-time tune, the guitar generally refrains from playing the melody and concentrates on providing the… Read More »


Banjo Chords

If you’re gonna play bluegrass music, your banjo will be tuned in G Tuning. The strings in G Tuning are 1  2  3  4  5 D  B  G  D  G   The vast majority of all bluegrass songs use only three chords, G, C and D or D7. Some, in fact, only use two chords,… Read More »


How to Play Banjo

So you want to play the banjo. That’s handy, because in one short lesson, I’m gonna teach you to play one. Contrary to what you might think, it’s way easy. The first thing is to tune your banjo. Check out my article “How to Tune a Banjo.” I’m going to teach you to play banjo… Read More »

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