[Dixielandjazz] What is a banjo?
tbelmo at hotmail.com
Fri Mar 4 14:02:18 PST 2005
The 5-string banjo is not used in jazz but used in country or folk music,
especially Bluegrass. The 4-stringers are usually strummed while the
5-stringers are usually plucked. That 5th string is called a drone and it
is plucked along with the rest of the strings in any one of several rhythms
depending upon the style of the tune or preference of the banjoist.
>From: Russ Guarino <russg at redshift.com>
>To: TCASHWIGG at aol.com
>CC: dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com
>Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] What is a banjo?
>Date: Fri, 04 Mar 2005 13:50:01 -0800
>The fifth string in the five string banjo is not played. It just humms
>That's my understanding.
>TCASHWIGG at aol.com wrote:
> > In a message dated 3/4/05 12:25:23 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> > john at pembery.co.uk writes:
> > >
> > > Four string banjo's include tenor banjo's the preferred rhythm
> > > instrument in Dixieland and New Orleans jazz, and the longer plectrum
> > > banjo, which is better for chord melody.
> > > Five stringers have no place in jazz unless you do away with the fifth
> > > string .
> > > Best wishes,
> > > Ols Fenland banjo player.
> > >
> > >
> > Hi John:
> > Aha! But wait, mate that brings up the main premise of Jazzing no?
> > For them what can play a lot more notes why not have five strings to do
> > rather than be fettered by the limitations of only four strings. ? :))
> > And those that can't figure out what else to do with the fifth string
> > always take their teeth out and floss them during drum breaks, or use it
> > "G" String if they are playing for strippers. Or in the worse case keep
> > attached as a handy spare string in case they break one of the others.
> > Another good use for it might be as a shoulder strap in case they want
> > stroll, or a Garrote to use on the Drummer when he gets fidgety feet and
> > away with the tempo.
> > Besides it's one more to be out of tune all the time.
> > Heck I have a jazz friend who plays a Seven String Violin, and very well
> > and I have also witnessed Fiddle players like Doug Kershaw play great
> > when he had played so hard he had broken all but two strings on his
> > when the Bow hairs broke loose from one end of the bow he just flung
> > hairs around the body of the violin from underneath, grabbed them with
> > and played the rest of the song with the hairs stretched across the two
> > in a triangle. What a showman, and he played the right notes too.
> > It ain't what you play so much as it's how you play it ain't it?
> > The only Banjo I ever played around with was a young lovely lady
> > many years ago,it turned out to be a very lovely instrument once I got
>it off her
> > lap. :))
> > Well, it is a Slow rainy silly Friday in California. ! Might as well
> > some sport with the Banjo players. :))
> > Cheers,
> > Tom " Mama don't allow No Banjo playin around heah! " Wiggins
> > She don't tolerate much Washboard playin' either. :))
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