Banjo styles

This is the page to learn more about New Zealand culture by listening to Kiwis talk. Each Kiwi is passionate about something different. This video is about music and in particular the banjo.
Bill is passionate about music and his video is below.


1. The clip will take a few minutes to download so read the questions. They start easy and get harder! Check your results - Well how did I do? - after listening. Try the first time without looking at the transcipt!
Transcript means the words that Bill says.

2. If you are coming to New Zealand, you will need to get used to the Kiwi accent. If you are studying here, then listen to the way Bill says fillers like umm, arhh, etc and practise repeating them.
Look at the transcript again and look at WHERE Bill ...(pauses) to think about the best word and look for patterns in the text.  This helps you with your speaking because you know WHERE to stop and make the sound noise 'um/ah' etc in a sentence and WHERE to pause in a conversation.

3. Don't look at the transcript and make notes. I hope to have documents soon showing key words, mindmaps etc!

4. Read the transcript and listen  to the interview at the same time to increase your reading speed.

1. The banjo is
a) a pot used for cooking.
b) part of a drum.
c) made of wood and brass and has got 5 strings.
d) made of wood, brass, has got a drum skin and 5 strings.
2. What styles of music does Bill play on the banjo?
a) Celtic and bluegrass.
b) Celtic, bluegrass and jazz.
c) Bluegrass.
d) Celtic, bluegrass, country and jazz.
3.‘Just a couple of bars’ here means:
a) two or more places to drink alcohol.
b) a small part of a melody or a phrase.
c) two songs people sing in bars.
d) two or more long things.
4. This banjo has got
a) four and a half strings.
b) six strings.
c) six and a half strings.
d) none of the above.
5. Bill uses finger picks and picks the banjo with his left hand.
a) True
b) False
c) Not Given
6. The finger picks are made of metal.
a) True
b) False
c) Not Given
7. When Bill says, “On this?” He means just the banjo not other musical instruments.
a) True
b) False
c) Not Given