banjo
(BAN-joe)


[Eng.] - [Fr.] - [Ger.] - [It.] - [Sp.]


A stringed instrument that is classified as a chordophone that can be either strummed or plucked. A folk instrument of African origin from the guitar family. It has a fretted fingerboard, elongated neck, a circular body, and four or five strings. The body has a soundboard animal skin or parchment like a drum.

See also [Eng.] banjo; [Fr.] banjo (m); [Ger.] Banjo (n); [It.] banjo (m); [Sp.] banjo (m); [Abbr.] Bj.

 

Banjo

Banjo

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Table of Banjo Tunings

5 String Banjo Characteristics
Strings: 5
Neck: Long (Shorter high G drone string)
Main use: Strumming, picking or guitar-like solos
Example:
Note: This is the traditional tuning, many optional tunings are often used
Tenor Banjo Characteristics
Strings: 4
Neck: Short
Main use: Strumming or guitar-like solos
Example:
Irish Banjo Characteristics
Strings: 4
Neck: Short
Main use: Picking melodies along with fiddle tunes
Example:
Plectrum Banjo Characteristics
Strings: 4 (Guitar-length)
Neck: Long
Main use: Strumming
Example:


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