Our new report, “The 7 Most Common Mistakes of Banjo Players” is now available. Just enter your name and email address in the right sidebar to get it. It is a pdf download. You don’t want to miss this step-by-step guide for beginners.
Here’s a snippet out of the report, the 5th mistake.
5. Failing to Listen
Listen to the band and compliment it. It’s not about the band complimenting the banjo.
If you’re playing your banjo in a band then your goal is to make the band the best it can be by leading. You will walk weak players from one chord to the next, input strong backup chords and vamping, encourage the dynamics (knowing when to play soft vs. loud) etc… Picture yourself as an invisible leader. Subtly leading without being noticed is the kindest compliment of a banjo picker.
Many pro players got their best licks from listening to albums, rewinding them, and listening again. If you can hear it you can eventually learn how to play it. Be patient, the good licks take time, but you have to listen closely to catch them.