View Full Version : Is this a banjo ukulele?

07-08-2011, 11:55 AM
Here in Brazil, it's very common at some local goups that played samba and pagode that kind of banjo. It's this a banjo-ukulele?



07-08-2011, 12:07 PM
yes, i think so, it has the same kind of tone, playing style and size
Hope this helps

07-08-2011, 12:12 PM
I would call that a banjole. But I have also seen some shortened tenors converted to a banjo too. But none the less, that is a banjole, just has the resonator,and sound deflector on it like a traditional jazz banjo.. I wouldnt call it a soprano, maybe a concert, because it has a slightly larger bucket (maybe 8-10 inches..). My soprano has a 7" bucket..

07-08-2011, 03:13 PM
To me, it sounded like it had steel strings, and was being played more like a tenor banjo. the resonator looked huge, too - much larger than most banjoleles I've seen - pretty close in size to a 5-string banjo resonator.


07-08-2011, 05:51 PM
It's a samba banjo - a four string banjo popular in Brazil.

Here's a link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4-string_banjo)

It's a cool rhythm instrument.....

07-08-2011, 05:53 PM
I'm not too sure what a 'banjole' is, but yes, that is a Samba Banjo. Effectively a banjo version of a Brazilian cavaquinho in the same vain as a banjo-uke.

07-08-2011, 05:58 PM
short attention span.... sorry, zdudz, by the time I got to the end of the thread, I'd forgotten you mentioned you were in Brazil and that it was used for samba.....

I was all proud of myself for recognizing the instrument, but I have no idea about its history or evolution. No help at all.....

07-08-2011, 06:07 PM
reading the wiki page I linked to, looks like the samba banjo evolved as a louder alternative to the cavaquinho, which is pretty similar to a ukulele.... it looks to me like the 4 string banjo is a very close cousin to the banjo ukelele, but technically different. Maybe it's just a geographic distinction?