Welcome to Banjos Rule!


I'm so glad you found my site. I love to talk banjo and to try and lend a hand in your pursuit of banjo excellence. Here you'll find both free and paid resources that will conribute to your overall banjo development or just go hand in hand with your love of the instrument. If there is anything I can do to help you out, please don't hesitate to ask!

Banjos Rule is the online resource for banjo information,
banjo jokes, banjo kulture, and banjo joy with Banjo Paul

My name is Banjo Paul, and I'm glad you are here. You've discovered my banjo empire, and I'm glad you did! I've been "banjoing" for about 30 years now, and I enjoy the heck out of picking banjo! I enjoy sharing that love, and I enjoy the chance to help you get better at your instrument. They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but I've long qualified for "old dog status", and I'd like to think that I can still learn a thing or two from pickers like you, so I'm easily accessible and ready to talk to receive some picking tips or to throw some picking tips your way. You can reach me by phone or email, and I'd love to hear from you.

Banjos Rule has been evolving and devolving and changing and morphing ever since it came into existence, and you are now looking at the latest incarnation of my banjo empire. You'll find the Banjos Rule empire divided into two major parts: the part you are viewing now, which is the Banjos Rule website, which contains humor, facts, information, and general "banjo goodness", as well as the other major part of my banjo empire, which is Banjos Rule University. There you'll find playing tips and encouragement by way of regular blog articles that I write, as well as the chance to sign up for in-person or online lessons.

Please take a few moments to poke around this home page and explore all the features and details. Don't forget to hover over the navigation menu items above to explore all of the drop down lists so that you can see what all is offered here. If something isn't working just yet, be patient and check back because I build this site as I go, when I have time.

You can navigate to the following features and areas of Banjos Rule using the menu at the top of the page:

Banjos Rule University

I offer in-person banjo lessons in Grand Rapids Michigan, and I offer a unique and rewarding online lesson program too! Both are affordable options for getting the most out of your picking and advancing on your insrument.

Submit your favorite banjo jokes!

Do you know how many banjo jokes there are? Only two. The rest are all true stories! Let us know your favorite banjo jokes that you've come across over the years. Visit the banjo jokes page to see what others have submitted and leave one yourself!

Tips, Advice, Helpful Resources and More!

Whether it be great iPhone or iPad apps aimed at banjos or music learning in general, free lesson files written by me and others, tips for utilizing the great technology that's out there...there is a little bit of everything at Banjos Rule!

The Banjo Blog

I write a weekly column geared towards banjo players. There you'll find lessons, playing tips, humor, and such features as a study of the entire Foggy Mt. Banjo album. Many people follow and like the blog and I hope you'll stop by to check it out.

The Banjos Rule Shameless Commerce Division

Hats! T-shirts! Banjo diplomas! Banjo banjo and more banjo! Here you'll find banjo-themed gifts that allow you to proudly display your love of banjos and Banjos Rule. Buy them for yourself or others and give a gift they won't soon forget!

Custom Tablature

Looking for a certain song? I can provide you with tablature in the TablEdit format. If I can't find you a copy of a song, I'll attempt to write a custom version. To find out more, click over to my contact page and let me know what song you are after.

Banjo Setup Tips | Banjos Rule!

Banjo Setup Basics

New to the banjo? Do you know the three most common areas of banjo setup that will help your banjo to sound as good as it can?

Banjos Rule Shameless Commerce

Shameless Capitalism

T-shirts! Hats! Music stands! Banjo & guitar stands! Banjo diplomas, & more! Be the first on your block to grab some banjo-themed goodness!

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Need a banjo?

Banjo Paul can provide all you need: a new banjo, an electronic tuner, a strap, finger picks, etc. All for a great price! Interested? Contact me

Under Construction!

I'm putting this site together as I can. Thanks for your patience and please check back often!

Check out this hilarious YouTube animation!

This little video animation is brilliant and absolutely hilarious. If you are brand new to the banjo and not familiar with some of the mysteries of its inner-workings, you'd probably react like the guy on the right. But the more you know about banjos and their all-powerful tone rings, the more hilarious this little animation will be. Enjoy!