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Plucking Tunes on the Country Banjo

Apr 18, 2008
When people think of the banjo, they immediately think about old bluegrass or country music. Few will actually know where the banjo originated from and most will not picture the banjo being used for many other genres of music. The banjo is not an instrument that has been around for an exceptionally long time, but it has been around for a few hundred years. This unique instrument was created by the Africans who were enslaved in the United States and it is thought that the instrument is actually a combination of a number of different African instruments, which have been around for a very long time.

The banjo is similar in general appearance to the guitar, though the sound is very different and the banjo's main form is round. How the instrument is played is similar to other stringed instruments in that one hand, often the right, is used to pluck the strings while the other is used to put pressure on the different strings to create different notes.

Today, there are many different forms of banjos as it has been developed and changed from its original form, much like other instruments have changed over time. The largest differences between the various banjos are the different numbers of strings, very much like the different kinds of guitars. There are banjos with four strings, five strings and six strings and are all played by plucking the strings with fingers.

It was not long before the banjo became popular during its time. It is even often played in different music genres and appears to be an instrument that will remain an interest for people for many years to come. It is an instrument that can remain diverse enough to keep up with the change in music that inevitably comes with each new decade and generation.

When thinking of an instrument to learn how to play, it will often depend on what genre of music the prospective musician will want to pursue. It is after deciding what music genre they would like to focus on that they will then decide on what instrument they would like to play that will be one they will enjoy. Few will immediately think of the banjo, but many who have an interest in country and bluegrass music will consider it. The banjo is not often used in hard rock, or rock and roll music, where most will consider the guitar. It really is an instrument that more people should consider.

It has a unique sound that can not be duplicated by any other instrument. It is one that is so different that it will tend to turn heads when it is played. It is also not an overly complicated instrument to learn how to play, especially if someone has enough interest talent and familiarity with the guitar. The basics are generally the same when playing the banjo, with some differences. The range might not be as wide as other stringed instruments, but is can be dynamic enough to keep the music going.
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