Category Archives: Banjo Knowledge

Effective Steps to Playing an Instrument Well

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Whether you’re just starting out learning to play an instrument or looking to improve your skills, regular practice is the most important thing. You can also find plenty of inspiration and practical advice on how to play better from professional musicians. The following effective steps to playing an instrument well are based on the habits […]

Basic Banjo Tuning & Maintenance

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The banjo is a popular instrument because of its unique sound and ability to stand out among a group of other traditional instruments. Make sure your banjo stands out for the right reasons — stay tuned!  Learn basic banjo tuning & maintenance for players, so it’s always ready to play. Standard and Alternate Tunings While the tunings here are […]

J.D. Crowe and the New South Band: Progressive Bluegrass Musician

Like a lot of bluegrass musicians, J.D. Crowe gained his first musical exposure in church and at home. Growing up surrounded by music, and with an almost obsessive dedication to learning the banjo from a very early age, Crowe grew into one of the most important and influential bluegrass musicians of the century. Although he is almost […]

Why are Banjos Made of Mahogany?

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Most string instruments are made of various types of wood, and each species of tree tends to produce its own unique sound and substance when music is created. American-made banjos have been produced for well over a hundred years, giving artists plenty of time to explore which woods and sounds they favor most. Some musicians […]

Classical Banjo Lovers Unite: Join American Banjo Fraternity

Banjo music has a long and rich history in the United States, with enthusiasts from coast to coast, even stretching across the Atlantic to England.  That started with “classic” banjo music.  The Golden Age of the banjo was from approximately 1880-1920, and banjos made during this time period can sell for up to 1,000 times their original […]