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Bluegrass, Country Music, Gospel, Old Time Music, Jug Bands, Appalachian Folk, Blues, Cajun and Native American Music

 

American folk music is a musical term that encompasses numerous genres, many of which are known as traditional music, traditional folk music, contemporary folk music or roots music. Roots music is a broad category of music including bluegrass, country music, gospel, old time music, jug bands, Appalachian folk, blues, Cajun and Native American music. The music is considered American either because it is native to the United States or because it developed there, out of foreign origins, to such a degree that it struck musicologists as something distinctly new. It is considered "roots music" because it served as the basis of music later developed in the United States, including rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and jazz.

 

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The Banjo: The banjo originated in the Middle East and Africa. It was developed by African slaves who based it on musical instruments found in their native regions. Richard Jobson was the first European explorer to document the existence of the banjo in the 1600s. Early forms were made of hollowed gourds with animal skins stretched across them. Each gourd was attached to a bamboo neck.

The 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 a piece of animal skin or plastic, and the frame is typically circular. Early forms of the instrument were fashioned by Africans in America, adapted from African instruments of similar design.The banjo originated in the Middle East and Africa. It was developed by African slaves who based it on musical instruments found in their native regions. Richard Jobson was the first European explorer to document the existence of the banjo in the 1600s. Early forms were made of hollowed gourds with animal skins stretched across them. Each gourd was attached to a bamboo neck.
Thomas Jefferson observed the existence of what he called the "banjar" in the late 1700s. He noted that it came to America with the African slaves. The banjo became a popular instrument among the slaves because it was one of the few reminders of their home, and even the European settlers began enjoying its music. White Americans began using banjos in minstrel shows. One of the most famous minstrel performers was Joel Walker Sweeney. His use of a five-string banjo helped popularize that variety. Modern banjos have either four or five strings for plucking while a six-string banjo is strummed in the same manner as a guitar.
Based on its rich heritage among African slaves and southern Americans, this instrument is important in bluegrass, folk, country, and traditional African music.
 

 

The Mandolin

A mandolin (Italian: mandolino; literally "small mandola") is a musical instrument in the lute family and is usually plucked with a plectrum or "pick". It commonly has four courses of doubled strings tuned in unison (8 strings), although five (10 strings) and six (12 strings) course versions also exist. The courses are normally tuned in a succession of perfect fifths. It is the soprano member of a family that includes the mandola, octave mandolin, mandocello, and mandobass.The mandolin represents an entirely different history although many people think that the mandolin is simply a variation of the banjo. While the banjo is rooted in the Middle East and Africa, the mandolin is a symbol of Western civilization. It evolved from the lute in Italy during the 1300s. It was first recognized as a unique instrument during the 1600s. It was popular in Italian towns, particularly Naples, and it spread all throughout Europe. Mandolins also made their way to India during this period.
The mandolin became popular in Baroque music, especially as it was used by Giovanni Battista Gervasio and other famous musicians of the time. Gervasio even toured Europe and gave mandolin lessons to interested parties.
Since the 1900s, mandolins have been popular in Celtic, bluegrass, jazz, and classical music.

 

The Banjolin

The mandolin-banjo is a hybrid instrument, combining a banjo body with the neck and tuning of a mandolin or violin (depending on whether fretted or not and how many strings it has). It is a soprano banjo. It has been independently invented in more than one country, being called banjolin and banjourine in English speaking countries, banjoline and bandoline in France, and the Cümbüş in Turkey.The banjolin essentially has the physicality of the banjo but requires the technique of the mandolin. It has only four strings and is sometimes referred to as the soprano banjo. During the 1900s, banjos became very popular, challenging mandolin musicians. Around this time, manufacturers began selling banjo mandolins. The name was later shortened to the banjolin. It has a round body like a banjo, but its neck is short like that of a mandolin. The strings are also more like a mandolin's strings. Although the banjolin is played like a mandolin, it still carries the banjo's twangy, percussive sound.
 

The Mandolin Banjo 

The mandolin banjo is essentially a banjolin with double strings. It was created to help mandolin players regain popularity when the banjo took over the music scene during the 1900s. The banjo is often much louder than the mandolin. The mandolin banjo has an intermediate sound.
 

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What is the Difference Between Banjos and Mandolins?

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