Originally Posted by zabdart
From my own experience: First of all, right-hand technique on banjo is entirely different from guitar because of that high drone 5th string. Your brain is going to rebel a little in the beginning.
Yes, though certain other aspects of some banjo playing styles are remarkably similar to certain guitar styles. The sorts of fingerings often used in melodic banjo arrangements are often very similar to some of the fingerings I encounter in some classical guitar pieces.
By the way, if you have ever experienced the charm of a ukulele (in standard tuning with the 4th string a higher pitch than the 3rd) played fingerstyle you have experienced some of what I also find so charming about 5-string banjos. That 5th string on a 5-string banjo is what makes the instrument really really cool.