By Wayne Erbsen If you’re total novice on the banjo, but want to learn to play, you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to show you how to be up and playing the banjo in no time flat. First, you want to get your banjo tuned in what is called G Tuning. Check out… Read More »
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The diversity of America is reflected in the origin of musical instruments played by bluegrass musicians. European immigrants brought the guitar, mandolin and fiddle to America. The banjo came from Africa, while the unusual the style of playing resonator guitar originated in Hawaii. The most uniquely American of these instruments, however, is the banjo.
By C.P. Heaton North Carolina is banjo country. No other area has done more to nurture and preserve banjo traditions; no other area has had greater influence on banjo innovations. The colorful history of America’s favorite folk instrument is very nearly synonymous with the history of banjoists and the banjo in the Tar Heel state.… Read More »
Here are the basic steps to learning old-time clawhammer banjo…
Come into the closet. As you nestle yourself in amongst the overcoats and umbrellas, you may be wondering why I called you here. A lot of people think that the only real banjo playing goes on at the Opry or at some far away stage with lights glittering from above. Not so. Some of the… Read More »
By Wayne Erbsen I get asked this question now and then, so I thought a little discussion of this vital topic wouldn’t hurt. Used to be, when trying to explain clawhammer banjo, I’d refer to Grandpa Jones, once a star of the TV show Hee Haw. Now that Grandpa Jones has passed on to the… Read More »