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Playing Bluegrass Backup on Fiddle, Mandolin & Banjo

By Wayne Erbsen 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… Read More »

One-Finger Easy Chords for Banjo

By Wayne Erbsen People are always searching the Internet for the easiest way to play the banjo. Who can blame them? Aren’t we all looking for the easiest way to do things? Many of them end up on this website, and find the article Banjo Chords. This article demonstrates that with two- and three-finger chords,… Read More »

Very Easy Banjo Songs

By Wayne Erbsen The Internet is abuzz with people wanting to learn to play the banjo. My guess is that you are one of them! Of course, you want to learn the easiest songs possible. Who wouldn’t? The songs that are the easiest to play are the tunes you already know. They’re the ones you’ve… 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

By Wayne Erbsen 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… Read More »

How to Tune a Banjo

By Wayne Erbsen Banjos are ornery critters. Like a puppy who wants to be petted, your banjo wants to be tuned. Often. So how do you tune a banjo? If you’re going to be playing bluegrass music, you’ll want to be tuned in what’s called “G tuning.” Before you go running out to purchase an… Read More »

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