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5-String Bluegrass Banjos 5-String Open-Back Banjos
Earl Scruggs joined Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys in 1945; his new and unique style of 3-finger banjo picking instantly electrified audiences from coast to coast.  He published a best-selling instructional book in 1968 and has since become one of the most-imitated musicians on the planet.  The bluegrass banjo starter packs in this section include everything a new player will need to begin picking the 5-string banjo, including a banjo, carrying case, picks (one thumbpick and two fingerpicks), tuner, strap and training DVD.  Each is priced according to value.  Choose the one that best fits your budget.  If you have questions, send an email message to
Clawhammer (also called traditional or folk)-style banjo playing is much more mellow than bluegrass.  Players pick with only two fingers, usually the thumb and index finger.  It is most often played on an open-back banjo.  Some of the sound is absorbed by clothing, giving it a softer sound (compared to a bluegrass banjo with a resonator).  Notable clawhammer players include David Holt, Mark Johnson, Dan Levenson, Pete Seeger and the late Grandpa Jones, of Grand Ole Opry fame.
4-String Banjos Mandolin
Dixieland Jazz music, later called Dixieland, was developed in New Orleans by acts such as Jelly Roll Morton and Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong.  With a toe-tapping beat and spiraling, happy sounds, the music spread to major cities like Chicago and New York City.  Instruments common to Dixieland bands include trumpet or cornet, trombone, clarinet, bass fiddle or tuba, and of course, a 4-string banjo (19-fret tenor banjo or 22-fret plectrum banjo).  In this section you'll find complete starter packs for the new Dixieland banjo player, including a banjo, carrying case, flatpicks and a training DVD.  Each is priced according to value.  If you have questions, please email us at
Designed for the new mandolin player, these starter packs offer everything you'll need: a mandolin, carrying case, flatpicks, tuner and training material.  Each is priced according to value.  Choose A-style (teardrop-shaped) or F-style (has a curled edge on top).  Got a question?  Email us at
What's the difference between a violin and fiddle?  A violin uses "strings" and a fiddle uses "strangs".  That's pretty much it.  We offer several affordable fiddle starter packs for the beginning fiddle player, including those with a solid, hand-carved top.  Choose the one that best fits your budget.  If you have questions, please email us at