Too often, banjo players are the butt of the joke – always out of tune, always playing too loudly, always making bad jokes… so we decided to join in the fun! Here are our favorite “banjokes” and memes to brighten up your day. Enjoy!

Smash the banjo meme
Banjo players spend half their lives tuning… and the other half playing out of tune.

Q: What does a banjo sound like when it’s completely in tune?

A: No one knows!

Q: What’s the best or fastest way to tune a banjo?

A: With wire cutters.

Banjo Tuning Ax Meme
Banjo, Accordion, and Bagpipes Meme

Q: You drop a banjo player and a mandolin player off a tall building – who reaches the ground first?

A: The mandolin player – the banjo player has to stop to tune.

Q: How do you tell when a banjo player is playing out of key?

A: His fingers are moving.

Q: What do you call a guy who hangs out with a bunch of musicians?

A: A banjo player.

Q: How can you tell if there’s a banjo player at your door?

A: They can’t find the key, the knocking speeds up, and they don’t know when to come in.

Banjo Meme - Stuck in an Elevator
Banjo Meme Bad Luck Brian

Q: When do banjo songs sound the best?

A: When they’re over.

Q: How can you tell the difference between all the banjo songs?

A: By their names.

Banjo Playing Pig Meme

After you’ve played the banjo long enough people will pay you to play; however, your neighbors will pay you to stop.

An elf, a unicorn, a good banjo player, and an old man are walking down the street together when they spot a one hundred dollar bill. Who gets it?

The old man, of course, the other three are all mythological creatures.

Banjo and Tuba Meme
Want to learn the banjo? No thanks

All jokes aside, we do love a good banjo player – we mean no offense to our finger-pickin’ banjo friends! There are plenty of jokes about all the other musicians out there too. I mean, did you hear the one about the guitarist that was so far out of tune that the banjo player noticed?

And if you’re wondering why all these banjo jokes are so darned simple, it’s so bass players can understand them too…

Did we miss any of your favorite banjo jokes? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!


Hopefully these jokes encouraged you to tune up your banjo and get practicing. If you need help, The Front Porch has fantastic teachers ready to get you playing, and playing well!!

Check out our private and group banjo classes HERE!


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