Learn to play and pick 5 string bluegrass banjo. Learn about picks, tablature, and your banjo and start learning right away using quicktime movies. If playing the 5 string banjo is something you’ve always wanted to do, then welcome to playingthebanjo.com. You have to take that first step and this is a good place to start. Banjo playing is skill and endurance—getting your fingers to go where you want and when you want. Playing the banjo might look easy, however, it takes a lot of work in the beginning. Perseverance and patience are truly needed! If you play the guitar you have a good advantage with your left hand. Banjo chords are similar and simpler than the guitar. You can concentrate all your work on the right hand. If you read the pages leading up to the Patterns and Cripple Creek, you should be able to slowly start playing the banjo.
The right hand—specifically the thumb, index and middle finger—
does quite a lot of work and takes some time to acquire the skill
sets required for fluid picking. The Patterns page is where you can
start working on picking rolls that you'll need to play the song
Cripple Creek. The sample to the left is a Quicktime movie of the
the tablature above it.