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If you pluck the strings ‘open’ (without pressing on the frets) the notes for the 4 main strings will be D, G, B, D. If you are a guitar player, you can see that the 4th, 3rd and 2nd strings are the same as on a guitar, but the 1st string is 2 semitones lower.

The banjo is a fun instrument with a bright, cheerful sound; although it can be very complex to play and the long neck can mean quite a stretch for your fingers at times, it shouldn’t be intimidating for a beginner.

(sometimes called Tabs) show you a suggested way to make the chord with your left hand.

You need to press down each string where shown, close behind the fret (it's especially important on a banjo to get close behind the fret, as the frets are quite far apart and the note won't sound good if you are too far away - you may need to really stretch out your fingers for the harder chords! The diagrams give suggested fingering for the chord (so the 1 in the circle is your index finger, 2 is middle finger, 3 is ring finger and 4 is little finger).

Make sure your thumb is in a good position behind the neck to get the best pressure against your bar.

Most of the chords here won’t require you to move up that far on the fingerboard (as it can be challenging to count up the frets to start with as well as making the chords - although you notice there are useful dots on the fingerboard at the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 10thetc.

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