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What Is a Plectrum Banjo?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 18, 2017 9:58:32 AM / by Lawrence Witt posted in Plectrum Banjo

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Stand a plectrum banjo up against your average five-string banjo and at first glance, you might not spot the difference. Both types of instrument have almost identical construction, from the scale length and fret count all the way down to the size of the head, and the type of strings used. Quickly, however, it will become clear that on the plectrum banjo the shortened fifth string is missing.

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What Is Chicago Tuning on the Banjo?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 27, 2016 5:24:43 PM / by Barry Hunn posted in Playing Tips, Banjo Tunings, four string banjo, Plectrum Banjo

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Chicago tuning on a banjo is a tuning that is generally used on 4 string banjos and is the same four notes as the first four strings of a guitar or a baritone ukulele. This tuning is primarily used for plectrum banjos and has been for generations. Many tenor banjoists use this tuning as well, though it is better suited for the plectrum banjo due to the similar scale length a plectrum banjo and guitar have. In fact, I have seen five string banjo players use this tuning, though it is not as common.

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Is One Banjo Style More Difficult than Another?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 26, 2015 10:48:39 AM / by Barry Hunn posted in 5-String Banjo, banjo lesson, Playing Tips, banjo tips, clawhammer, fingerpicking, flatpicking, Plectrum Banjo, Tenor Banjo

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We are asked regularly, is Bluegrass style finger picking more difficult than Clawhammer?  Is Clawhammer more difficult than finger picking? Is plectrum/tenor style with a flat pick easier than Bluegrass style finger picking?

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Goodtime Banjo Styles Video – Plectrum Banjo

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 17, 2014 4:02:14 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in Banjo Shopping Advice, Plectrum Banjo

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Our third installment of our Goodtime Styles videos to help you understand what type of banjo is right for you. This one talks about plectrum banjos.  Find more at .  These videos will take you through some of the most popular ways to play the different styles of Goodtime banjos.

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What To Look For In A Plectrum Banjo

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 25, 2013 1:32:08 PM / by Barry Hunn posted in 4-String Banjo, Banjo Shopping Advice, Bob Shane, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Deering Banjos, Dom Flemmons, Email Articles, four string banjo, How To Buy A Banjo, Kingston Trio, plectrum, Plectrum Banjo, Sierra Plectrum, Your Deering

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The plectrum banjo is popular with jazz players for several unique qualities.

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