The banjo is one of the easiest instruments to play because of the few number of strings it has (most banjos have four primary strings and an addition shorter one for special use) and the versatility of the tuning. However the neck is long (most banjos have twenty-two frets) so the spacing between the notes takes a getting used to if you play guitar. The chords however are especially easy with the standard tuning. The standard tuning is called “Open G” and with it a G major chord can be played just by strumming the open strings. From there an A major is just a bar across the second fret and the other chords are also very easy. I’ll include a chord chart shortly with additional notes but for now I’ve made a tuning guide for the Open G tuning and a neck fret chart to show the placement of the whole notes with that tuning. If you are a guitar player have no fear. Banjo is EASY! Just remember that the highest pitched string is a D so your E note is not open, but rather on the second fret. And remember that the short string on the side isn’t an A. It’s another G. Other than that the D G and B strings are the same as on the guitar so if you play guitar a lot in the middle range you should have no problem adjusting to the banjo. Just stretch out those fingers and reach for the notes.
Bible Verse of the DayPsalms 73:1-28 A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish. They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth. Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them. And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High? Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning. If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children. When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image. Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.
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