Banjo Accessories

banjo accessories

As soon as you’re ready to pick up the banjo, there are a few essential accessories you need: a gig bag, strap, picks and tuner. Depending on what kind of music you prefer you may also require capo and/or metronome accessories.

Resonator banjos typically feature open G tuning; to adjust to other keys you will either require a capo or learn to spike your fifth string.

Gig Bags

Gig bags are soft-padded carrying cases designed specifically to carry musical instruments – generally guitars. While offering less protection than rigid hardshell cases, gig bags offer lighter and less cumbersome transportation solutions with additional storage capacity in multiple compartments and handles at various points around their exterior surface.

As an artist or just starting out, gig bags are essential tools in protecting your instrument from scratches and nicks while you travel between rehearsals, gigs, sessions and travel (especially on cramped public transportation)

As well as protecting your instrument, gig bags also help preserve its tuning and condition. By keeping it stored safely between plays, the strings should last longer while less susceptible to humidity changes and temperature fluctuations. Plus, this way of protecting from dust and dirt makes putting in and taking out instruments easier!

Many musicians own both a gig bag and hard case for their instrument, using it when traveling from home directly to rehearsal, session, or gig locations near them, while air travel or long drives necessitate air transporting or carrying the latter case with them.

When shopping for a gig bag, it is essential to consider both its padding and overall build. There is a range of products on the market from thin nylon bags with questionable stitching through to heavy-duty ones with padding comparable to some hard shell cases. A quality gig bag should be durable yet lightweight enough for transport by car or bus and come equipped with neck support – some higher end gig bags even feature cloth-covered rigid foam inserts!


As part of playing banjo, it is vitally important that your strap firmly connects to your instrument without risk of scratching or damaging it. Straps also serve to distribute weight across shoulders and back for greater comfort when playing – with many sizes, materials and attachment methods available so that you can find one suitable to you and your needs.

Contrary to guitar straps, which feature buttons at each end that enable them to wrap around the instrument’s body, most banjos only feature brackets on their head area for attaching straps. Crandle straps typically feature an improved hook designed specifically to slip onto these brackets without scratching your banjo or its hardware; in turn this design makes it simple and quick for transporting or storage purposes.

Straps come in various widths to accommodate for the weight of your banjo, with wider straps spreading the load more evenly, relieving strain from neck and back strain. When playing heavier instruments, look for straps with extra padding for greater comfort and stability during playing sessions.

When selecting a strap, be sure to select one made of high quality leather that will age beautifully while being comfortable against your skin. There are numerous styles and colors available so that you can find one to complement the style of your banjo; additionally, basketweave patterns add both style and durability.

Once you’ve found a strap that suits you perfectly, experiment with its position on your shoulder. For heavier banjos, consider using a cradle strap with a tail section encasing its pot assembly to help hold it steady while also preventing it from falling off of your shoulders.

For lighter banjos, one option for improving finger positioning on the fretboard and reaching strings easier is using a single strap that goes over both shoulders and across your body. Place it so it just sits above where your neck would naturally rest when playing your instrument – this will enable easier string access as well as improved finger placement on its fretboard.


Your banjo’s most indispensable accessory may be its strings. Make sure they match up to its tuning and consider purchasing a pack with capo attachment as an optional extra.

A capo is a device you attach to the neck of your banjo to raise its key, enabling you to play in lower keys without using your thumbs as frequently. Although not essential, capos can be an invaluable time saver when practicing or jamming with other musicians.

Capo accessories that attach directly to the head of a banjo work similarly, but may be less useful for most players. Some guitarists may benefit from using capos as they make shifting fretting hands more manageable for changing keys more efficiently.

Most banjos are equipped to take standard guitar strings with little loops at their ends; however, if you plan on using your banjo with a magnetic pickup system, steel-cored strings are needed so the pickup can work properly.

If you intend to travel with your banjo, a quality gig bag is an essential piece of gear. This will protect it from being bumped around or spilled over, while keeping its position even when carried. A hard shell case would also be beneficial.

Tuners are another must-have accessory. From handheld electronic tuners to traditional peg tuners that clamp onto your banjo neck, tuners provide the easiest way to ensure that your banjo is always tuned correctly when starting up its first time and jamming with other musicians. Consider investing in metronomes too as this can help teach timing skills which will improve your playing significantly. And finally a quality teacher should also be an invaluable investment; not only will a great instructor cover all the basics but can reveal shortcuts used by professional banjoists for maximum tone production!


Banjos were once an essential instrument in rural folk music and gained fame through minstrel shows. Nowadays, five-string banjos are a mainstay in American musical genres such as bluegrass and old-time music as well as being popular instruments used in jazz, Dixieland and Caribbean styles like biguine, calypso and mento music styles.

Beginners to banjo should consider investing in a banjo strap as one of their essential accessories, not only because it helps prevent you from dropping it but also to hold it properly during playing sessions and jam sessions with other musicians. A good quality banjo strap may cost more than cheaper alternatives but is worth every cent spent, especially if serious musical enthusiasts plan to attend jam sessions and talent shows together with you.

Straps can make playing much simpler. Not only can they protect against accidental movements that could cause finger fatigue or misplayed notes, they’re also useful if you intend on standing up while performing banjo music like the pros do!

Beginners often look to purchase fifth string capos. Given that its short length makes it challenging to keep it in tune and on the frets when switching chords or singing. Some players simply retune their strings when this occurs; others use devices known as capo spikes or fifth string capos that shorten its vibrating portion and allow it to stay more easily in tune.

Banjo Picks Are Essential Accessories For Beginner Players A banjo pick is another essential accessory for beginning players and can be an invaluable aid when it comes to learning fast fingerpicking. Some individuals may struggle with the clucking sound of the banjo; using a pick can make it much simpler to produce clean and consistent sounds from it. Be wary of cheap alternatives as these could slip or cause the strings to go out of tune rapidly. It is recommended that beginner players purchase quality ones as cheaper ones may slip or cause the strings to jump out of tune quickly or slip out of tune quickly – cheap picks should be avoided as these tend to slip or cause strings to go out of tune quickly!