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Banjo

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...A banjo is a stringed instrument characterized by the invariable presence of a tightly stretched drum-like membrane or ‘head’ (typically made of thin leather, calfskin or plastic) which comprises its principal resonating surface. The head...

Picking

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...‘Picking’ (sometimes ‘plucking’) is a generic fretted instrument term designating the right-hand finger movements that actuate and produce individual notes from the strings of a banjo, guitar, mandolin and so on. ‘Picking’ simultaneously...

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Dave Laing is the author of several books on popular music and a former editor of Music Week. Former Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where he conducted research on the music industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...A duo is a musical ensemble containing only two performers. Unlike in Western classical music, in which duo formats are determined by the demands of a written score, in popular music most duo formats have taken shape in less formal ways....

Bluegrass Music

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Bluegrass music is a concert form of traditional string-band music of the southeastern mountains of the United States. It is marked by a distinctive rhythmic division of labor which allows for improvised solo choruses on the model of New...

Country Music

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Country music is an extremely diverse genre unified more by its lyrical tropes, imagery, audience and institutional history than by stylistic coherence. The term ‘country music’ did not appear as the consensus genre label until the early...