Using Your Guitar Technique On the 5 String Banjo

by David Bandrowski

Most guitar players look at the 5 string banjo as a completely new instrument.  Something that you would need to learn a completely new tuning and approach to playing. This is incorrect. Actually the guitar and the 5 string banjo are tuned very similarly, and you can easily bring many of your guitar licks directly over to the 5 string banjo.

Fred Cale talks about and explains this in a very clear way in the video below. He shows you how the same open G triad you find on the guitar, you can find on the 5 string banjo. This allows him to bring his guitar licks over to the 5 string banjo and can help him break out of the bluegrass box that many banjo players put themselves in.


If you still need help with your banjo chord shapes you can download a free banjo chord chart here!



Deering Rustic Wreath banjo ad
New Call-to-action

Search Blog Post


Sep 27.2019

Create Your Own Bluegrass Banjo Breaks

So you’ve been going thru banjo songbooks and YouTube videos, progressing pretty well on a nice collection of bluegrass standards. But now you want something...

Aug 23.2018

A Beginners Guide To Single String Playing On the 5 String Banjo

Single string playing on the 5 string banjo is a style that was originally popularized by players such as Don Reno and Eddie Adcock. This style of banjo...

Mar 5.2015

8 Great Banjo Camps to Attend This Year

One of the best ways to dramatically improve your banjo playing is to attend a banjo camp or workshop.  At these events you'll have one on one action with some...

sign up for our newsletter


see all