The Contribution of Homemade Musical Instruments to the Development of American Folk Music

Teacher: Gary Copeland

Synopsis:  I will basically cover, fairly extensively, various “homemade” musical instruments to include:  cigar box guitar, cigar box fiddle, washtub bass, mountain banjo, appalachian lap dulcimer, canjo, etc.  The subject matter will be presented, in timeline, corresponding to early and subsequent literary references to the design/development of the stated instruments.  Demonstrations will be given, on all instruments possible, within presentation time constraints.  Attention will be given to the various homemade instruments, and their respective development(s), with regard to various forms of American folk music.