And re: the Shubb 5th string capo - yes - go for it. Way better than those stupid spikes. However (I think I might have seen this in Banjo Newsletter) you can make your own 5th string capo out of a Bic pen cap. I tried it and it does work - and itís way better than those stupid spikes.
FYI, my first instrument was plectrum banjo tuned C - G - B - D and that style is mostly chord strumming with a plectrum (thatís the fancy word for ďpickĒ). I transitioned pretty easily to guitar - the chord forms are all different, of course, but I didnít have any trouble. Part of that could have been my great desire to play guitar, because it was way cooler than plectrum banjo. I eventually taught myself to play 5-string banjo - well actually Iím still learning all these instruments - itís a life-long process. The standard open G tuning for 5-string comes with yet another set of chord forms, but the challenge for me continues to be the right hand. My poor old fingers just donít move very fast. So, like you, I kinda like strumming.
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