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Banjo

The banjo is a four, five or (occasionally) six-stringed instrument with a thin membrane stretched over a frame or cavity as a resonator, called the head. The membrane, or head, is typically made of plastic, although animal skin is still occasionally but rarely used, and the frame is typically circular.


The banjo has a tambourine-like body with a hoop and a screw that secure the vellum belly to the frame. Screw stretchers are used to vary the tension of the belly. The strings pass over a violin-type, or pressure, bridge and are hitched to a tailpiece. Variants of the standard banjo abound. Banjos played with a plectrum, or pick, rather than fingers lack the chanterelle. On a zither banjo the vellum is suspended in a resonator that throws the sound forward; the chanterelle, tuned from the head, passes under the fingerboard to emerge at the fifth fret.


The banjo is widely played in U.S. folk music and has also been used in jazz ensembles. Thus, training that includes imparting skills such as simple right hand rhythm patterns, making easy chords, and learning to follow simple chord progressions in real time would make learning the Banjo immensely instrumental and exciting.
Once a person establishes this, making music with other people, or even a play-along recording, becomes possible along with the right guidance and supervision. The rewards are therefore will be endless.




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