Banjo

banjo

What is a banjo?

The banjo is a stringed instrument with a thin membrane stretched over a frame or cavity to form a resonator. The membrane is typically circular, and usually made of plastic, or occasionally animal skin. Early forms of the instrument were fashioned by African-Americans in the United States, adapted from African instruments of similar design.

What happened to the banjo?

The economic downturn cut into the sales of both four- and five-stringed banjos, and by World War 2, banjos were in sharp decline, the market for them dead.

Who was the first white banjoist?

Although Robert McAlpin Williamson is the first documented white banjoist, in the 1830s, Sweeney became the first white performer to play the banjo on stage.

What is the closest relative of the banjo?

Another likely relative of the banjo is the akonting, a spike folk lute played by the Jola tribe of Senegambia, and the ubaw-akwala of the Igbo.

What are the characteristics of a banjo?

The banjo is a four-, five-, or six-stringed instrument with a thin membrane stretched over a frame or cavity as a resonator, called the head, which is typically circular. The membrane is typically made of plastic, although animal skin is still occasionally used. Early forms of the instrument were fashioned by Africans in the United States,...

What is the history of the banjo?

banjo, stringed musical instrument of African origin, popularized in the United States by slaves in the 19th century, then exported to Europe. Several African stringed instruments have similar names—e.g., bania, banju.

What is the plural of banjo?

ban·​jo | /ˈban-(ˌ)jō /. plural banjos also banjoes. : a musical instrument with a drumlike body, a fretted neck, and usually four or five strings which may be plucked or strummed.

What instrument is similar to a banjo?

A 20th-century Turkish instrument similar to the banjo is called the cümbüş, which combines a banjo-like resonator with a neck derived from an oud. At the end of the 20th century, a development of the five-string banjo was the BanSitar.

- BonBonVille What happened to Banjo chocolate bars? The original Banjo was sold around London in the 1950s but didn’t last too long. The original was a chocolate wafer bar with a chocolate filling and coating. Banjo bars later reappeared towards the end of the 70s and were a firm favourite, sweet treat for a lot of people in that generation.

Do they still make banjos for TV shows?

– UPROXX Where Are They Now? The Deliverance Banjo Boy at 56. Rabun County, Georgia resident Billy Redden was 15 when he was discovered at a casting call in Clayton, Georgia and offered the part of the inbred banjo-playing boy in the 1972 Burt Reynolds sodomy classic Deliverance.

Who was the first white person to play the banjo?

Although Robert McAlpin Williamson is the first documented white banjoist, in the 1830s, Sweeney became the first white performer to play the banjo on stage. His version of the instrument replaced the gourd with a drum-like sound box and included four full-length strings alongside a short fifth string.

What is the first banjo method?

The first banjo method was the Briggs Banjo instructor (1855) by Tom Briggs. Other methods included Howes New American Banjo School (1857), and Phil Rices Method for the Banjo, With or Without a Master (1858).

What is a six-string banjo called?

Six-string banjos known as banjo guitars basically consist of a six-string guitar neck attached to a bluegrass or plectrum banjo body, which allows players who have learned the guitar to play a banjo sound without having to relearn fingerings.

Are there any books on African American banjo history?

A study of the influence of African Americans on banjo playing throughout U.S. history. De Smaele G. (1983). Banjo a cinq cordes. Brussels: Musée Instrumental (MIM), Brussels. D 1983-2170-1 De Smaele G. (2015). Banjo Attitudes. Paris: LHarmattan, 2015. De Smaele G. (2019). A Five-String Banjo Sourcebook. Paris: LHarmattan, 2019.

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