This is the first in a four-part video series introducing the Canjo. In this series Ben “C. B. Gitty” Baker will discuss and show you all aspects of the Canjo, from its history and importance, to its construction and makeup, to how to play it.
This video, Part 1, focuses on introducing the canjo and talking about how it is made, its historical origins, and what makes it special.
Part 2 covers more specifics on the anatomy of a canjo, and also discusses the special diatonic fretting method Gitty uses, as well as how to tune it. This part ends with a brief look at the American Canjo Company and its mission to revitalize the instrument.
Parts 3 and 4 cover How to Play the canjo, with Part 3 being more basic techniques, and part 4 showing you more advanced methods you can use to expand your playing.
4 thoughts on “VIDEO: The Essential Canjo – Part 1 – Introduction”
David, the 7th fret on the canjo (which on a dulcimer would be called 6.5), is the one traditionally known as the blue note.
Please can you clarify the blue note for me? The video says the blue note is 6.5 (or 7), but it also seams to imply they it is number 6.
I am not a musition so could be confused.