"Bluegrass" is a common name for a grass commonly called "Kentucky Bluegrass".  Bluegrass music is a genre of American roots music that developed in the 1940s in the United States.  The genre derives its name from the band "Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys" from Kentucky.  Due to this lineage, Bill Monroe is generally accepted as the "Father of Bluegrass Music" among Bluegrass enthusiasts.

Bluegrass, as a distinct musical form, developed from elements of old-time music and traditional music of the Appalachian Mountain region of the United States.  The Appalachian region was where many English and Scottish immigrants settled, bringing with them the musical traditions of their homelands.  Unlike mainstream country music, Bluegrass is traditionally played on acoustic stringed instruments. Bluegrass music emphasizes the off-beat and notes are anticipated, in contrast to laid back blues-style music where notes are behind the beat.  This creates the higher energy characteristic of Bluegrass music.  In Bluegrass music, one or more instruments normally takes its turn playing the melody and improvising around it 
(called a "break") while the other instruments perform accompaniment.  This is in contrast to old-time music, in which all instruments play the melody together or one instrument carries the lead throughout the song while the others provide accompaniment.  Breaks are often characterized by rapid tempos and unusual instrumental dexterity and sometimes complex chord changes.

I chose the Huber Vintage VRB-3 Truetone for my banjo due to it's quality, distinct tone, and decorative inlay.



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