The James T. Callow Folklore Archive
The article studies three historical traditions of the banjo, the folk, minstrel popular, and classical.
Traditions of the banjo are characterized by:
a) The ways in which knowledge of the banjo was transmitted.
b) Closeness of the performer or craftsman to his audience or clientele
c) Self-perceived relation between the craftsman or musician to other crafstmen or musicians.
Exact origins of banjo unknown. Possible from West Africa with slaves.
Earliest banjo was made from a gourd.
Frets introduced in the 1860's and 70's
Peak of development (quality) in 1920's
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|Subject headings:||ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wood Gourd|
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Musical instrument