Long ago in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the fiddle and banjo were the go-to instruments for dances and at-home music making. In time, the guitar joined the fiddle and banjo in what became, and still is, the basic old-time string band configuration. In bluegrass music the mandolin joins the band, sometimes in place of the fiddle. In some settings, other instruments like the dulcimer, piano, and steel guitar play their own distinctive roles in mountain music as well.

Learn more about each instrument by following the links below.

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