The BanaStar - Fusing 5-String Banjo, Bass, and Guitar
The BanaStar combines physical elements, configuration elements, and theoretical concepts associated with 5-string banjo, bass, and guitar. The BanaStar blends aspects from each of the three ancient musical instruments to create a brand new stringed instrument configuration. This new configuration results in an instrument that offers the proficient string musician a multifarious palette. The proprietary configuration also creates a structure that offers varied methods of approach not present on other stringed musical instruments available in todays music marketplace.
While the BanaStar can be considered the perfect companion for, or a powerful alternative to the guitar.. the truth is the BanaStar is a formidable new stringed musical instrument that may be in a class by itself.
The BanaStar is also a powerful option for the beginner musician. The 'standard tuning' configuration finds the BanaStar in an open-E tuning. The configuration in 'standard tuning' offers the novice a structure which promotes fast creation of simple songs and melodies. This attribute makes the learning process more fun for the entry-level musician. The 'fun factor' and the ability to create simple songs quickly increases the probability that the beginner will succeed.
While the BanaStar has features that enhance the possibilities of faster and simpler progress for the 'entry-level' musician, the fusion also creates an underlying foundation for complex methods that challenge the most proficient of string musicians.