The Girly- Jo
by Allyson

My project is a new kind of shoebox banjo called the Girly-Jo.  It took about 30 minutes to make my project.  We used decorative duct tape, large rubber bands, a shoe box, a wooden plank for the neck, and 2 medium sized pieces of cork. 

The Girly-Jo is played by plucking or strumming the strings. 

You can change the DYNAMICS changing the way you pluck or strum the strings.  To make it sound LOUD, strum or pluck the strings hard. 

To make it sound SOFT, strum or pluck the strings lightly. 

To make the PITCH HIGH you press your fingers on the rubber band at the bottom of the neck closer to the box and strum with the other hand.  To make the PITCH LOW you press your fingers on the rubber bands at the top of the neck or further away from the box and strum with the other hand.

Words to describe the TIMBRE of the Girly-Jo are twangy, resonant, and quirky.