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A Traditional Approach
The banjo is a 4, 5, or 6 metal stringed instrument with a thin membrane stretched over a frame or cavity as a resonator. African slaves in the colonial Americas were responsible for refashioning the instruments in the New World. The banjo is commonly associated with country, folk, traditional Irish, and bluegrass music. Banjo students learn the fundamentals of the instrument which include: tuning, hand positions, knowledge of the fretboard, and chord construction. In addition to chord construction and other techniques, students will work on right hand picking patterns which are taught continuously throughout their training up to advanced levels. The instrument has recently gained recognition through musicians Mark Johnson, Emory Lester, and comedian Steve Martin.