The banjo is a four-, five- or (occasionally) six-stringed instrument with a thin membrane stretched over a frame or cavity as a resonator. The membrane is typically a piece of animal skin or plastic, and the frame is typically circular. Early forms of the instrument were fashioned by Africans in Colonial America, adapted from several African instruments of similar design.
The banjo is frequently associated with country, folk, Irish traditional and bluegrass music. Historically, the banjo occupied a central place in African American traditional music, before becoming popular in the minstrel shows of the 19th century. In fact, slaves both were influenced by and influenced the early development of the music, which became country and bluegrass, particularly in regard to the innovation of musical techniques for both the banjo and fiddle. The banjo, with the fiddle, is a mainstay of American old-time music.
Great songs with a banjo.
- Banjo – Rascal Flatts
- BanjoDueling Banjos – Bluegrass
- Jesse James – Ross Nickerson
- Cripple Creek – Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs
- Banjo Boy – Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband
- Jolly Waffle Man – Bill Keith
- Little John – Bluegrass Banjo
I hope this give you an appreciation for this instrument. This is the last instrument on my bucket list. I love the sound and I want to learn!