BANJO: The banjo is a stringed instrument that developed from long-necked lutes that were brought to America from Africa. Its body is round, with a skin or parchment stretched over it somewhat like a tambourine. A metal frame keeps the parchment firmly in place. It makes a light, twangy sound, when the strings are plucked with the fingertips. Basically, there are three types of banjos: the tenor banjo, the plectrum banjo and the five-string banjo. The tenor and plectrum banjos have four strings. Most folk and bluegrass musicians play the five-string banjo.

Larry has played a Gibson RB-250 5-string banjo that he bought new in 1975.