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Why I like the Banjo

Updated on January 31, 2015

Why I'm making this page about the banjo:

Why am I making this page about the banjo, especially since there is already a really great page made about the banjo? The answer is that I'm using a different approach to the subject. Instead of focusing on the history (although I might refer to it briefly) of the banjo, I simply want to explain why I like to listen to it, and to explore the several different types of music for which the banjo is known.

The unique sound of the banjo:

The banjo has a clear crisp sound, more clear and crisp than the guitar, Take a listen to some of the videos below to see what I mean.

Get this great banjo album:

Minstrels and the banjo:

In his article, "Thumbnail History of the Banjo," Bill Reese points out that Before the American Revolution, white men began using blackface as a comic gimmick . The banjo became a prop for these entertainers, either individually or in groups. See the entire article.

The Banjo Player
The Banjo Player | Source

Listen to Bill Evans tell the history of the banjo in 14 minutes:

Banjos display
Banjos display | Source

The versitality the banjo:

The banjo can be used for several different types of music. Ever since the 60's it has primarily been used in folk music and bluegrass, although, previously, it was used by minstrels and by some barbershop quartets up to the 1920s (See the history link above.).

Barbershop and the banjo:

HAPPY DAYS! BARBERSHOP AND BANJO
HAPPY DAYS! BARBERSHOP AND BANJO

side 1 - With Plenty of Money and You, Goofus, They Didn't Believe Me, Crusing Down the River, As Time Goes By, Walkin' with My Honey

side 2 - Inka Dinka Doo, True Love, Fit as a Fiddle, Bye Bye Blackbird, Why Do I Love You, Happy Days are Here Again

 

The Banjo in folk and Bluegrass music:

From the 60's on, the banjo has been used primarily for folk and bluegrass music. The banjo's use in folk music actually began in the 40's with Pete Seeger and the group he helped to found, "The Almanac Singers. For more on them, and other folk groups which used the banjo, check out thie hubs listed below::


If you can only get one banjo album, maybe it should be this one:

Check out the album listed below, which although pegged as "Bluegrass" has a lot of folk songs and some country and western as well.

Another great banjo album

Ultimate Banjo
Ultimate Banjo

The Amazon description pegs this album as "bluegrass," but from the song list, I'd say it includes folk, county, western and gospel as well as traditional bluegrass songs. Perhaps the designation of "bluegrass" refers to the style.

 

The New Christy Minstrels even had a song just about the banjo.

Check it out! It's kind of neat even though the broken banjo don't sound too great, Take a listen and if you like it, click to buy it.

So you'd like to play old time banjo music?

Now that banjo music is becoming more and more popular, I'm sure you will be able to find quite a bit of sheet music for banjo, but to give you a start, here's one book of banjo music:

So you'd like to play old time banjo music?

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    • goldenrulecomics profile image

      goldenrulecomics 

      4 years ago

      Remember how Steve Martin used to do a routine about how you can't help but be happy around a banjo? And that if Nixon had played one he could have survived Watergate? It's a great instrument...

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      CuriousBoy 

      5 years ago

      Banjo is my favorite string instrument.

      Great collection of info and good selection of interesting items.

    • Judith Nazarewicz profile image

      Judith Nazarewicz 

      5 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      I really enjoy banjo music. What a great page! :-)

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      JoshK47 

      5 years ago

      I do quite love banjo - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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