Banjo


Banjo

How to play:

Banjos can be played in many ways:
  • The frailing style, also called as clawhammer. Usually, the musician uses the nail of his middle finger & index finger. It's a playing technique used from 1800's.

  • By using a pick, the musician uses it to pluck or strum the strings. This is frequently used by Jazz and Irish musicians.

  • Scruggs-style, also called as 3-fingered picking style. Normally, picks are placed on the index middle & small finger frequently used in country, Irish, Bluegrass and folk music.

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First Known Banjos.

The banjo it had origin African and in the 19th century was brought into America by slaves. In its' earliest shape it had 4 gut strings.

Types:

There are 2 main types:
  • Tenor banjo: More small that the 5-string banjo, it has four strings & used to play the jazz section.

  • 5-stringed banjos: Generally tuned to open chords & used in American and Irish music. As the name implies, it has five strings, four of these are used to play the melody.

Banjo Players

  • Harry Reser
  • Pete Seeger
  • Eddie Peabody
  • Béla Fleck
  • Perry Bechtel
  • Elmer Snowden
  • Earl Scruggs
  • Ralph Stanley