The banjo is an immensely popular instrument the world over. With its eye catching look and unique twang, it has struck a chord with legions of artists playing any number of different styles. Whether you’re a fan of Taylor Swift or the Pogues, the Dropkick Murphys or Pete Seeger, learning the banjo with proper instruction can help you sound like your heroes, as well as breathe new life into your own original songs. Young or old, everyone has to start with the basics. You’re not going to be dueling banjos overnight, but with practice, you’ll be able to build your skills in no time. Instruction guides such as Play Banjo Today! Level One - A Complete Guide To the Basics from Hal Leonard can help you get on your way with plenty of theory and warm-ups you can do to master your instrument. Additionally, beginners may want to look into the Walrus Productions Banjo Chord Mini Chart or the Mel Bay Banjo Chord Reference Wall Chart, which offer easy to understand visual representation of hundreds of different chord fingerings. Mixing and matching different instructional material is a great way to get a wider understanding of your banjo, especially when you are just beginning to learn the fundamentals.
Now, if you’re an intermediate or experienced player, there are plenty of instructional booklets to suit your needs as well. Are you looking to learn the music of a specific artist on your banjo? There are several instructional booklets for diverse artists ranging from John Denver, to the Beatles! Additionally, there are books with a wide variety of artists from different genres, so you can learn to play anything from Van Halen to Michael Jackson on your banjo.
With a wealth of learning material for all skill levels and interests, banjo instruction books are a vital tool for all players. With its captivating voice and your practice, the sky is truly the limit for anyone interested in learning to play the banjo.