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Instruments that lead to the development of the banjo were first fashioned by African slaves as equivalents of similar African instruments. Today, the banjo is most often associated with bluegrass, country, and Irish music.
They can have 4 to 6 strings, and the body is fashioned of wood, with a piece of skin or plastic stretched over the resonating bowl. The tuning is most often G-D-G-B-D.