If you want to enjoy playing a five string banjo, but you do not have a great grasp on all the different styles and brands out there then maybe we can help narrow down your choices and find one that fits your needs. Your search for a banjo will depend on the style of music you like. If you are a beginner there are great starter instruments that will get you playing quickly. A beginner or starter banjo is easy to play and are reasonable priced. If you have a young player with littler hands than a travel banjo can be the perfect choice to play. They are smaller in size and are ideal for carrying with you. Let's discuss the different styles of banjos and how to choose what you want. An open back banjo is a banjo that does not have a resonator also known as a back plate. This type of banjo typically produces a more mellow tone and weighs less, and are cheaper than resonator banjos. The open back banjo is often played without a pick and are usually featured in folk music. The second type is a banjo with a resonator and is commonly used in bluegrass music and is usually played with a pick. Next there are left handed banjos which are produced of course for all left handed people. There are a number of different types and styles to choose from. One thing that will never change is the broad appeal of banjo playing. Anyone can start playing anywhere and people will gather around and start tapping their feet.