Beginning Bluegrass Banjo

So you want to play bluegrass banjo, but are a rank beginner on the instrument? Here's help.

Beginning Bluegrass Banjo - fretboard fingering illustration
Play the roll over and over: 2, 1, 5, 1. The first of these four notes is your melody note; the other three are all fill-ins. Think of a clock ticking. Your four notes would sound like "tick-a, tock-a."
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff