When the British took South Africa from the Dutch in 1815, they imported technologies brand new to the Africans who lived there. The tin can, first patented in 1810, was especially well received – not only as a readily recycled container for food and water, but as a newer, louder, and more brilliant resonator for stringed instruments. The most noteworthy outcome of that revelation was the ramkie, a plucked or strummed instrument related to lutes, guitars, and ukeleles. The traditional ramkie is based on an oil can. Cooking oil? Motor oil? Who cares! If it has a pleasant "ping," it will do very nicely. Cookie tins, round or rectangular, are less traditional – but often produce a superior sound. Once the can has been selected, the builder must create a workable neck for the instrument.
Blues music wouldn’t be complete without the banjo. That being said, there are actually a number of different musical styles which wouldn’t sound the same if the banjo weren’t played. The banjo has been around for a long time, and there’s a new appreciation for this humble little instrument which it didn’t have before. The sound of a banjo is very distinct, and more people have learnt to love this unique and easily distinguishable sound. Are you a banjo beginner? Then you may be having some difficulty choosing the right banjo for your needs. Here, then, are some top tips on choosing the proper banjo. Consider the strings You should know, first of all, that banjos can be incredibly versatile, and its versatility includes the fact that it comes with different strings. For instance