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The Sadistic Side of the Banjo

Posted by SimonSlick on Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Any of us who have been around a while well know that the banjo (as are those who hold it) is the subject of jokes and ridicule by large segments of the music establishment and the general public.

What could lead to such a negative image of a musical instrument that produces such a nice, clear, ringing tone as does the banjo?

The simple answer is that there are too many banjo players and not enough musicians. Here is a link to a sample of banjo playing. It is an agonizing 2 minutes and 36 seconds in length. If it has a melody, it is lost in the jumbled noise of the non-melody.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRGUrK1x1tE

The perspectives of the cartoonists have some validity.
 



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