Playing Banjo Instruments at Events

Playing Banjo Instruments at Events: A Guide For Beginners

I’ve been paid to play banjos at a number of events recently, and it’s been great fun. I get to be in a different venue or venue type every time, and I usually get to pay people to bring me the instruments. When I played at the last annual WBC, I was paid to play the banjo at one of the sessions (it was a great set that went for about an hour). I was also paid to play at an event in the Netherlands that I can’t now remember the name of. I’ve also played at various events in the US and UK.

Playing Banjo Instruments At Events

You’ll find a large number of banjo players who have a strong interest in the history and practice of these instruments. Often, they’re more interested in learning to play a historical instrument and to play it well than they are in playing at events. So this post is for all the musical instruments loving banjo players out there. First and foremost, a note on education. When you’re learning to play the banjo, you don’t want to spend a lot of time just reading about it or playing on an internet-based banjo website. Doing that will leave you at a great disadvantage because you’ll know almost nothing about actually playing the instrument. If you don’t want to be a bad banjo player, don’t start learning to play without actually getting hands on experience.

Things To Keep In Mind When Playing The Banjo

The first thing to remember is that, when you go to a public performance of any type, the expectation is that the performer will give a high-quality performance. That means you’ve got to look your part. You have to wear a shirt and tie (or at least a nice dress shirt, even if it’s not black), a pair of dress pants or nice slacks, and if you are playing at a bar, a nice shirt and tie, and the right kind of shoes. I make sure to match my banjo to what I’m wearing as well. This gives me a consistent look. If you are playing in a public space (such as a mall) where there are multiple performances going on, they will take care of your set, and you just need to get out there and perform.

How To Prepare For A Performance

The first thing you need to know is that you don’t have to be a virtuoso (even though some people would think that you should be). The idea here is to make a few shoddy music-playing mistakes at a job that other people can normally do competently and send everyone home happy. When you’re ready to play at an event, go through the same preparations that you would for any type of gig. You should get in shape and practice some small things like chords, scales, and finger exercises. You should also get to know the venue well, so that you’ll know where to stand and what to do. You should also practice and rehearse with someone you can trust. Having someone there to look over your mistakes will help you feel more comfortable while playing.

What You Should Bring With You

I usually bring a matching banjo and amplifier for my band, so I’m not bringing a guitar with me. That’s the point of playing with an acoustic guitar, you know! But I usually have a backpack with my own amplifier, maybe a mic, a couple guitars, my banjo, and a pair of pants. You can do stuff like strap your banjo on your back if you want (mine’s strapped down to my arm). I’ve even played on stage with people who bring their own mandolin or guitar, because I’m only an acoustic player. Your Banjo Play A Big Part of Your Party Attire I often go to venues where I know that there are going to be lots of non-folk folk there. One of the reasons I play the banjo is because I love the sound. I guess I like my own sound too!

Getting Ready For The Event

The first step is to make sure you don’t have anything in your instruments bag that might not be allowed in the venue. There are usually a few official looking people at each event to inspect all equipment before you go through to the gig area. If you’re using it at a public event, then you probably won’t be able to sell it to anyone. If you’re playing for a private event, then you can probably set up an autograph signing table. The next step is to do some online research to see what will and won’t be allowed at the event. Check out the UIAA’s 2014 Web page, which has a lot of info on this. If you’re working with a manufacturer or importer, they can help. But don’t rely on them completely – this is their job, and they’re bound by their contract with the manufacturer.


The above steps are my personal recommendations for getting paid to play banjos at events. There is more that can be done to find these events, but this is a start. I hope you find these tips useful and that you will have many more great experiences playing banjos at music festivals.

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