Bright Star: Banjo 4+

Jiri Markalous

Designed for iPad

    • 4.4 • 17 Ratings
    • Free



Learn 3-finger and clawhammer style banjo parts for the musical, “Bright Star,” written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell with the Bright Star banjo app!

You get tab (that plays along with you!) and split-screen video to clearly demonstrate the banjo parts for “Bright Star.”

Song list:

If You Knew My Story
She’s Gone
Bright Star
Whoa Mama
Firmer Hand
Do Right
Man’s Gotta Do
Picnic Dance
Don’t Take Him
Sun Is Gonna Shine
Always Will
So Familiar

* All songs written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

What’s New

Version 1.0

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Albilco ,

Very Helpful App

I just downloaded this app to prepare for upcoming performance I’ll be doing of the musical. I was a bit confused by the tuning/capo directions at first, but I think I’ve figured it out and wanted to clear it up for anyone else who’s curious.

First, it appears using 2 separate banjos is recommended (hence Banjo A and Banjo B).
Banjo A should be tuned down 3 halfsteps from G standard to eBEG#B, as a few of the songs are in the key of E. That is why when you need to play in open G tuning (gDGBD), it says Capo 3.

This tuning works better on a long neck banjo, but you can get by on a regular scale 5 string. Heavy gauge strings would be helpful to make up for the lack of string tension in this lower tuning if you don’t have a long neck, which is probably what I’m going to do.

Banjo B is reserved for Double C tuning (gCGCD) and is often played with the capo on the 2nd fret to sound in the key of D.

Hope this clears up some of the confusion!

dfgdthdthdh ,

Pretty good

Once I have the score, this app made more sense. But the videos aren't working on my iPad. Do they work at all?

Nick Sisco ,


Would it possible to get some sort of update? It seems to have gotten a little buggy, and I’m not sure all the timings are correct? It just doesn’t sound right when I use the capo for certain songs.
I want to learn them all with all my heart, but I don’t think I’m getting the proper lesson from it 😞

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