Recently, I’ve developed an interest in playing the banjo. Now, my friends are telling me that I’ve gone too far this time. Let’s say that maybe, just maybe, I wanna pursue this. What companies make good beginner’s banjos, and where can I find them? I found Deering’s site; what others are there?
Secondly, as a trombonist, I’ve never done too much playing of stringed instruments-- perhaps just the occasional strumming of a friend’s guitar. I’m pretty sure the local music store doesn’t offer banjo lessons. Is it even worth trying to learn some stuff alone, or should I just wait until I go to college next year and see if I can find someone in that area?
Lastly, and this isn’t even too important right now, but what’s with the fifth string on some banjos? Why does it end in the middle of the neck, and how is it tuned?
Anything you crazy kids wanna throw out at me is appreciated, whether through email or here. Websites are good too.