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 DayIsaiah 55:6-13 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
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