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The banjo's association with bluegrass came with the stylistic innovation of Earl Scruggs in the mid-1940s, when he joined founding father Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys Band. Scruggs was one of many southern musicians who took up the instrument after it was reintroduced to the South by players on traveling minstrel shows and ragtime musicians. His arpeggiated, three-finger picking style is now commonplace among banjo players today and his breakneck playing in Monroe's band led to the inclusion of the banjo, along with mandolin and guitar, as the primary instruments of the bluegrass sound.
There are many excellent websites dedicated to the bluegrass banjo and how to play it, a good place to start is Phil Mann's site www.bluegrassbanjo.org here you will find tabs midis etc. If you want to get a quick idea on the bluegrass playing style try Ben Freed's site http://www.banjoben.com/free_banjo_lessons.htm where some basic on-line lessons are provided.
It takes more than banjos to make good bluegrass music (despite what some banjo players say), and the other most commonly used instruments for bluegrass are: mandolin, guitar, bass, dobro (Reso-Phonic guitar) and fiddle. Again there are some excellent sites dealing with these instruments.
Banjo.com - A useful site with much bluegrass music related material and particularly as you could guess related to 5 string banjo.
Bluegrass Music related newsgroups :
If you have a good ISP they will provide a news server where you view and post messages to these newsgroups. When you click on one of these it will probably start Outlook express and ask you for the name of your news group server which you can get from your ISPs info page. (for example the one for my ISP is news.plus.net).
DOC WATSON - The Doc Watson page, Some interesting historical information about this bluegrass great.