To play all the "popular" songs in Western music, you need to master over 2,100 banjo chords.
But with the 23 banjo chords below, you can play roughly 50% of all the songs you hear on the radio (it’s true).
And learning these chords in the precise order shown maximizes the number of tunes you can play – at every stage of your music journey (also very true).
First, it’s important you understand how to:
It also helps to understand what “enharmonics” are and how they work. Just as “tonight,” “tonite,” “2night,” and “2nite” are different ways of writing out the same word – A# and Bb are different ways of writing out the same banjo chord.
Finally, the banjo chord diagrams below are merely suggestions. If you prefer using alternate fingerings instead – that’s fine.
Now, let’s dive in.