banjo

(redirected from banjos)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

banjo,

stringed musical instrument, with a body resembling a tambourine. The banjo consists of a hoop over which a skin membrane is stretched; it has a long, often fretted neck and four to nine strings, which are plucked with a pick or the fingers. Slaves brought it to America (by 1688) from W Africa, to which it may have come from Europe or Asia. It was played in minstrel shows in the 19th cent. It is used frequently in hillbilly and Southern folk music. Because of an incisive, percussive quality, it is often used as a rhythm or a solo instrument in Dixieland bands.

Banjo

 

pizzicato string instrument akin to the guitar. The body is in the shape of a flat tambourine with a skin diaphragm. It has four to nine strings. The sharp, harsh, quickly fading sound is produced with a plectrum. Around the 17th century it was brought from Western Africa to the USA, where it was widely used by Negroes for accompaniment to singing and for solo playing. In the 19th century it was improved: the five-string banjo appeared, and stops on the neck came into use. Varieties of banjos of different sizes and pitches are used in jazz.

banjo

a stringed musical instrument with a long neck (usually fretted) and a circular drumlike body overlaid with parchment, plucked with the fingers or a plectrum
References in periodicals archive ?
He then looks to modern West Africa where scholars have identified over 60 plucked lutes, 11 of which (including the ngoni and the akonting or ekonting) share many of the attributes of the early gourd banjos described or found in the New World.
The band - armed with just an acoustic bass, acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle and mandolin - put in a fantastic set, turning to fan requests once they had played the whole of their first album.
Even though a year later the Beatles conquered our shore, Trischka said he never thought to abandon the banjo and pick up a six-string guitar instead.
The film opens with a scene of Fleck playing banjo in an African village.
Music became his passion, and the banjo in particular caught his attention.
162) Banjos in our time have been played by white men on television shows (The Beverly Hillbillies, Hee Haw) and in films such as Deliverance and Oh Brother Where Art Thou?
The banjos are being sold by collector Bob Norton, one of which used to belong to the ex-Beatle who died in 2001.
Music lovers from all over Southern California assembled at Paramount Ranch in the hills around Agoura for the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival.
His valet was in charge of looking after his ukulele banjos and would have noticed when he checked George's equipment on leaving the theatre.
Unlike bluegrass, this tradition is biracial; the Mississippi Sheiks areas important as Appalachian banjo basher Uncle Dave Macon.
com today announced the first-ever Guinness World Record event for a banjo ensemble.
Despite what you may have heard, playing the banjo is easy, especially when you start out learning in the right way that I'm about to show you.