hi stanton, after reading your post about not wanting to solo or be too flashy, it took me back years to a time when i just fell in love with the sound of the banjo and went down the loooooong road of learning “bluegrass” banjo i got to probably, intermediate level, however, after years of practice, and lots festivals etc etc i found out that “bluegrass” banjo did not suit my personality/character/temperament etc i was forever fluffing my solos, and getting so stressed about the whole thing i decided to quit. i always loved and listened to bluegrass music, so after 14yrs of not playing i’ve bought a guitar, and i intend to get involved musicaly again (just rhythm and singing). so, the point of my post is to tell you that “bluegrass” banjo is a solo/flashy instrument!! (ok you can vamp/back up) so i would ask yourself whether you have chosen the right style of banjo playing. i would suggest that “folk” style banjo would better suit a singer a la pete seeger, if you like to sing, then guitar might be a good idea. ok, i hope i hav’nt intruded on your “banjo playing plans” but i wanted to share my experiences with you, and perhaps spare you years of frustration.