What instruments do I need for duelling banjos

What instruments do I need for duelling banjos

Published: 5th March 2018 | Updated: 3rd December 2018 | Author: Joff Lowson

So you’ve realised why you want to learn this song you now need to know what instruments go best with it. In this simple blog post, I’m going to tell you exactly what the best instruments are and help you make a decision when planning your next duelling banjos duo.

As you’ve probably guessed, the name ‘Duelling Banjos’ kinda gives it away…

That’s right, the banjo is the best instrument of all time for this fantastically famous and enjoyable song.

Originally the song was composed on the banjo for the banjo, so this is a great place to start.

Along with the banjo, one of the best instruments to play this classic on is the guitar…

The guitar not only makes a fantastic accompany when paired with the banjo. It’s also how the duo was arranged in the songs most famous appearance. The guitar was used by the character ‘Drew Ballinger’ (played by Ronny Cox) in the 1972 film Deliverance.

The guitar adds a rich a full sound, making the playful rivalry of ‘Duelling Banjos’ a joy to play.

Are there any other instruments that can join in?…

The answer is yes! Along with the guitar, the violin makes a great accompaniment to the banjo, or you could arrange your duo with guitar and violin.

You can bring any sort of string instrument into this timeless classic and still have it sound as brilliant as Arthur Smith originally intended.

Final thought…

There is no right or wrong instrument to play when it comes to Duelling Banjos, the main thing is to have fun playing it. You can use any instrument you want as long as it’s got all the right notes, you’ll be duelling it out like a legend in no time. The most common instruments used are string instruments with the top 3 being banjo, guitar and violin.