Mudcat Café message #986976 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #61355   Message #986976
Posted By: GUEST,New York City
20-Jul-03 - 10:10 AM
Thread Name: Old time and Bluegrass-- Differences
Subject: RE: Old time and Bluegrass-- Differences
One thing not meantioned for bluegrass is the limitation of instruments in the genre. Stringed instruments only and acoustic, sometimes amplified with a microphone. Further, the banjo is only 5 string, not 4 string tenor or plectrum. The mandolin often takes a percussion role through the use of "Chop Chords". Other allowed instruments are: fiddle, stand up bass, guitar.

It's not so definitive. One of Bill Monroe's "Blue Grass Boys," for some years, was a woman named Wilene "Sally Ann" Forrester, who played the accordion. At the height of their popularity, harmonica player Charlie McCoy was a member of Flatt & Scruggs' Foggy Mountain Boy.