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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Banjo The banjo is a member of the string instruments. It's specific family is the chordophone family. Instruments similar to the banjo arethe Japanese shamisen, Persian tar, and Moroccan sintir. double click to change this header text! Africans brought the banjo over with them when they were brought over here to be slaves. The banjo was an instrument that occupied a central place in African traditional music. Earl Scruggs, a member of the band Foggy Mountain Boys,perfected the three-finger banjo-picking style. The banjo is made up of wood and metal. The banjo has five metal strings. To make the banjo sound louder, professionals use an amplifier, resonator, or a pick-up. When the string is plucked, they produce vibrations that make sounds. The pitch can become higher by increasingthe tension of the strings. The pitch can become lowerby decreasing the tension of the strings. The frets on the banjo can also change the pitch. The longer the length of the string, the pitch gets higher. When the pitch gets lower, the length of the string gets lower. Pinching the strings or make the frequency of its vibrations shorter will make the pitch lower. 400,134 play the banjo in theUnited States. Work Cited Adler, Irving and Leonard Everett Fisher. Sound and Ultrasonics. London: Dennis Dobson, 1960. Print."Banjo." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 4 Feb. 2004. Web. 8 Feb. 2015. <>.Book, Inc. The World Book Encyclopedia. 2001 Edition. Chicago: World Boom, 2001. 87. Print.Reese, Bill. "History of the Banjo." History of the Banjo. Thumbnail, 10 Apr. 2001. Web. 8 Feb. 2015. <>.Richardson, Jerry. "Banjos Are Cool." Banjos Are Cool. Banjos Are Life, 1 Feb. 2011. Web. 9 Feb. 2015. <>.Weitzel, Jeff. "Materials." Weitzelbanjo. Weitzel Design, 28 Sept. 2012. Web. 8 Feb. 2015. <>. The rim of the banjo is made from maple wood. The denser the maple wood, the lower the pitch of the notes that are played on the banjo.
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