Newbie plucker wrote:
What a great site this is! I've been playing guitar since early high school - many, many years ago. My wonderful man bought me a banjo for Christmas. I have a beginner banjo book, but it doesn't progress very far beyond very basic methods. The chords in the song books are great, I just need to work out how to apply the best picking patterns to the chords. Any assistance much appreciated ...
As a woman who has been playing at being a banjo picker for 35 years or so, I say welcome to ya. As to picking patterns, well that would depend on whom you are playing with and what feel the tune has. And keep in mind you can also simply chord and strum a 5 stringer when all else fails! (or try one of the many "old tyme" strum patterns which were great for solid rythym keeping as well as hilightin the upper strings). Where I live we have many to choose from-clawhammer, frailin, north carolina style, kentucky style virginia style georgia style and good ole tennessee style-pretty much variations on a theme, but each has its own unique style of doing it.