I started playing 5-string banjo not that long ago, and, with no help whatsoever, I started playing G,C,D,E,F, so on. I also taught myself how to do both frailing and clawhammer (with the help of YouTube), though I must say that frailing is a bit of a challenge for me, whereas clawhammer is something that I could've been doing for a few months. Got a few words of praise from Leroy Troy (Tennessee Mafia Jug Band) after telling him about my banjo playing (he is a banjo pro). I wouldn't have known about the Tennessee Slicker had it not been for Marty Stuart (who introduced me to my no1 idol, "The Apostle" Paul Martin, who is a GREAT singer, bassist, guitarist, pianist, drummer, everything). Btw, my banjo is a Tonewood, though the case that it is in comes from Ozark.