Most banjo players perform or practice standing up, so a strap is necessary to hold up the instrument. You can use a guitar strap or banjo strap, and the strap can be made from a variety of materials, including leather or nylon. You should use a wide strap if you have a heavy banjo, but if you have a lightweight instrument, you can use almost any strap. Avoid elastic straps because you do not want or need that much stretch. Find a strap that is adjustable so you can change the length as necessary. Attaching a banjo strap is a simple process.
Attach the bottom of the strap to a tension hoop near the tailpiece of the banjo. You may choose to thread the strap underneath some the tailpiece to avoid pressure on the tailpiece. Many straps will have a hook or loop with a snap that you can wrap around a tension hoop, or you can tie the end of the strap to the hoop with a shoelace.
Straighten the strap and attach the top of the strap to a tension hoop near the neck. If you are facing the front of the banjo, place the strap around a hoop on the right side. The strap will go over where the neck meets the body of the banjo. Avoid attaching the top of the strap at the top of the neck where the nut is located.
Try on the banjo and check for comfort and balance.
Adjust the length of the strap. You should be able to rest your right forearm on the side of the banjo and pick the strings. The neck of the banjo should be tilted upward so you can bend your left arm at your elbow to bring your hand up to the neck.
Move the strap to a different tension hoop if the banjo does not seem to be in balance and if adjusting the length of the strap did not help. Check your attachment points and ensure the strap is fastened tightly.
If the banjo is slung too low, you will have pain in your arms, hands or neck.
Tips and warnings
- If the banjo is slung too low, you will have pain in your arms, hands or neck.