There are two things that define human progress: our ability to use technology for the betterment of the world and the development of our moral codes and standings. When we arrive at the choice to create something beautiful out of things that are good but need a little update is when the moral code comes into play. Do you do your best and do it for the good of all, or do you do your best but for selfish reasons? The answer to that question might mean the difference between creating something innovative and beautiful, that will change the world and the Frankenstein’s monster. The creators of this instrument were not entirely sure what they were doing. Maybe all they were looking for was to create a new sound or maybe they were looking for a way to combine unique and extremely popular instruments for their personal gain. Whatever they did, they managed to avoid a disaster and create something unique and something that sounds pretty good. I like to imagine that the first and subsequently the best banjoleles are made by picking up a normal banjo, putting it in a washing machine, setting the water temperature too high, and then running it for a few hours. In the process the the instrument shrinks, just like my favorite sweater did last week, and turns into the basis for a banjolele. Then some alternative strings are strung onto it and bam, you got yourself a banjolele. Quick disclaimer, this is not how banjoleles are made and if you try this, first of all you’re gonna have trouble fitting the banjo into the machine and second of all, if you do manage to do it, say goodbye to every item involved. Possibly your limbs too, if you don’t step away.
Table of Contents
- 1 Top 8 Best Banjoleles
- 1.1 Gold Tone Banjolele-DLX Banjo Ukulele Deluxe
- 1.2 Deering Goodtime Banjo Ukulele Concert Scale
- 1.3 Lanikai Concert Banjolele
- 1.4 Kala Soprano Banjo Ukulele
- 1.5 Gold Tone BUB Baritone Banjo Uke Banjolele
- 1.6 Kmise 4 String Banjo Ukulele Concert 23 Inch Size Sapele Wood
- 1.7 TFW Banjolele Ukulele Banjo
- 1.8 BanjoUke SideKick Tenor Banjolele ukulele
- 2 History
- 3 Conclusion
Top 8 Best Banjoleles
|1||Gold Tone Banjolele-DLX Banjo Ukulele Deluxe||(5 / 5)||Check on Amazon
|2||Deering Goodtime Banjo Ukulele Concert Scale||(4.9 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|3||Lanikai Concert Banjolele||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon
|4||Kala Soprano Banjo Ukulele||(4.7 / 5)||Check on Amazon
|5||Gold Tone BUB Baritone Banjo Uke Banjolele||(4.7 / 5)||Check on Amazon
|6||Kmise 4 String Banjo Ukulele Concert 23 Inch Size Sapele Wood||(4.6 / 5)||Check on Amazon
|7||TFW Banjolele Ukulele Banjo||(4.5 / 5)||Check on Amazon
|8||BanjoUke SideKick Tenor Banjolele ukulele||(4.5 / 5)||Check on Amazon
A long time ago, when Frankenstein the book and the first movies too, were still fresh (not that fresh, at least the book) a lot of people felt inspired to combine things that were not the same thing to make new things. Sounds a lot more simple than it actually is. So, sometime around 1917 this guy, John A. Bolander after hanging out with this other guy called Alvin D. Keech, and allegedly having one too many gin and tonics, decided to combine the Banjo and Ukulele. The hangover the next day might have sucked, since they had to do a lot of work designing the actual new instrument. There must have been a lot of tries, a lot of amalgamations that did not seem right, but at the end they finally had created the instrument that would go on to be incredibly popular in the 1920s and the 1930s. Though this popularity might be exaggerated by me, slightly, right now, the banjolele had its golden age.
Unfortunately the instrument was often relegated for joke purposes. The comedian George Formby developed his own style of playing the instrument and often accompanied his own songs with it. Which is why he is the most famous musician to work with the instrument. Of course, there were others who played it, some of them invented their own, unique of playing it, techniques not before seen in the context of the instrument, which was not seen much of before, at all. Either way, the instrument found its time and place. Though the use of the instrument has fallen off in the recent history of the instrument (read: it’s almost been forgotten by wide audiences) there are still musicians playing it, and it has found uses in soundtracks for films like Steven Universe and for a TV show Arrested Development.
It is a shame that the instrument’s popularity has fallen in the recent years. It could find its place in the modern musical world with its unique sound. Someday it could come back if someone found a more creative use for it, beyond the big joke it has been left behind as. Maybe you are one of those people who will bring it new life in this new world? Whatever it is, I hate to see a good instrument go to waste as the banjolele is doing right now. I’ll go play my own right now.
First of all, I would like to repeat, that what I said in the first paragraph of this article regarding how banjoleles are made was a joke meant for entertainment purposes, not a true thing. If you are a parent of a child that read this article before you did, I’d go double check on what they’re doing right about. If you are a child, please, don’t do it. Now that I have said that let’s get back to talking about banjoleles. I do not know many people who play the banjolele. I know a lot who play the ukulele, an immensely fun instrument that yes, is also incredibly versatile and useful. If you are one of those people that consider the Uke a toy instrument, I need you to go check out what a serious ukulele player can do. Just ignore the bad fashion choices of hats they usually make. The amount of people that I know who can play the banjo effectively is not as high as the amount of banjo players. What I do know about banjo players is that they are incredibly dedicated to their craft and art and will spend hours at a time practicing it. They know their stuff and they can stand up and be a valuable part of any band, any musical ensemble, looking to diversify their sound at a moment’s notice. The amount of banjolele players I know is exactly one. This person looks me in the eye every morning through the mirror and asks whether it was worth to learn the instrument at all. I always answer that yes, it was. The banjolele is a very versatile instrument that gets the best parts from both of its parents. If only it was more mainstream and better known, you too would know how the best banjolele players can contribute to the musical world. The instrument is not hard to learn and a lot of fun to play and amaze everyone with the unique sound it produces. So go ahead and have fun with it.