An American InventionRiddles are little poems or phrases that pose a question that needs answering. Riddles frequently rhyme, but this is not a requirement.
They say I came from Africa.
I suppose that may be true.
But the type I am was mostly played
In a place where grass is blue.
Of wood and pearl, skin and steel,
You could say I am high strung.
My neck looks like a ladder,
With brass on every rung.
What am I?
HintPlunk around and you should get it.
AnswerA 5-string banjo.
A 4-string "banjar" was brought to the US by African slaves in the 18th century. An individual named Joel Walter Sweeny of Appomattox Court House, VA, is credited with inventing the 5-string banjo when he adapted the banjar by adding a 5th string. The 5-string banjo was most popularized by its use in Bluegrass Music. Brass is used on the frets of the Banjo neck.
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