At first glance, the difference between a banjo or a ukulele might not be obvious. Ukuleles are small instruments that resemble guitars. Standard banjos have strings strung across drums. This confusion starts with the hybrid instrument known as “banjo-ukulele” (or “banjolele”)
Ukuleles are an instrument that originated in Hawaii, late 1800s. It was adapted from a Portuguese guitar-like instrument called “braguinha”. Ukuleles can be made in four sizes, including the smaller soprano and concert sizes, as well as larger tenor and baritone sizes.
Based on African traditions, the banjo was brought over from West Indies to be developed in 1800 into the current version. You can find banjos in many sizes and configurations. These include the bluegrass banjo with 5-strings and the tenor. The sound of a banjo is produced by steel strings being stretched across a tunable drum.
It is built on the traditional African banjos that were brought over from West Indies. The version that we have today was created in 1800.
- You can find banjos in all sizes and configurations.
Banjo ukuleles, also known as banjolelee, combine elements of both instruments. The banjo ukulele takes the long-scale neck, four nylon strings and the body of the ukulele. This instrument was very popular from the 1920s through the 1940s in the United States.
Their tuning is a major distinction between banjos, ukuleles and other instruments. There are many tunings that banjos use, depending on the player’s musical preference and their style. However, they tend to be tuned to an open chord tuning, of G, A, D. The standard ukulele tuning, however, is G–C-E–A for sopranos, concert and tenors and D–G-B–E for baritones.
A banjo, which includes the banjo ukulele can produce bright tones that can be adjusted by tuning its banjo drumhead. Ukuleles have a soft tone, which is dependent upon the body chamber and wood. You cannot alter it.