11 Facts About Banjo


Banjo is a stringed instrument with a thin membrane stretched over a frame or cavity to form a resonator.

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Banjo is a common instrument for Caribbean genres like Biguine, Calypso and Mento.

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Briggs Banjo Method, considered to be the first banjo method and which taught the stroke style of playing, mentioned the existence of another way of playing, the guitar style.

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Banjo was supported by another former blackface performer, Samuel Swaim Stewart, in his corporate magazine that popularized highly talented professionals.

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Banjo was followed by a movement of folk musicians, such as Dave Guard of the Kingston Trio and Erik Darling of the Weavers and Tarriers.

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Banjo's playing reached Americans through the Grand Ole Opry and into the living rooms of Americans who didn't listen to country or bluegrass music, through the theme music of The Beverly Hillbillies.

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Banjo has been used more recently in the hardcore punk scene, most notably by Show Me the Body on their debut album, Body War.

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Banjo is usually tuned with friction tuning pegs or planetary gear tuners, rather than the worm gear machine head used on guitars.

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Banjo was performing for London society, where he met Sir Arthur Sullivan, who recommended that Cammeyer progress from arranging the music of others for banjo to composing his own music.

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Banjo cello was normally tuned C2-G2-D3-A3, one octave below the tenor banjo like the cello and mandocello.

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Brazilian Samba Banjo is basically a cavaquinho neck on a banjo body, thereby producing a louder sound than the cavaquinho.

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