The banjo’s birthplace is Africa or colonial America, depending on where you draw the line between banjo and banjo-ish ancestor. But while we debate the banjo’s birth, we can at least agree on where it hit puberty. That happened in America in the 20th century.
Making Music takes a look at four fretted instruments that may further enhance your recordings or songwriting: ukulele, cigar box guitar, banjo, mandolin.
The banjo has evolved from its African roots, first as a minstrel instrument, and later as a jazz, bluegrass, and folk staple. At the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, you can see more than 300 banjos – the largest public display in the world. The interactive timeline below includes just a few. […]
Banjo Aerobics: A 50-Week Workout Program for Developing, Improving, and Maintaining Banjo Technique, by Michael Bremer, Hal Leonard Corporation,