Hi there, just a quick question, sorry if it's stupid...
Just wondering if there's any great difference between the two instruments? I'm currently (trying) to play the mandolin, but would like to switch the tenor banjo. At christmas I got a 5-string banjo (á la Luke Kelly) as I thought I'd just want to play chords along with singing (which I enjoy doing, whether I'm any good or not!)
However, after playing the 5-string I realised I wanted to play the actual tunes (jigs/reels etc.) instead, so started playing my mandolin again. After meeting a banjo player (Joe Molloy) in Dublin in February, my interest in the tenor increased.
But is there any major difference? Would a short- or long-scale be easier, are the strings majorly different? Is the tenor much harder to play?
Apologies if that made no sense,, Im 15 and in England - there's nowhere that I know of that can really give much advice on this topic.