What should I tune my 4 string banjo to?

What Is Chicago Tuning on the Banjo?

  • Chicago tuning on a banjo is a tuning that is generally used on 4 string banjos and is the same four notes as the first four strings of a guitar or a baritone ukulele.
  • The notes are (from fourth string to first string) D, G, B, E.

How is a 4 string tenor banjo tuned?

The tenor banjo is tuned using a symmetrical tuning. This relates to the tenor banjo because standard tuning for a tenor banjo is tuned the same as a viola/mandola (C, G, D, A). Irish players often tune their tenor banjos also in fifths, but one octave below a violin/mandolin (G, D, A, E).

What is the 5th string on a banjo for?

The short fifth string is what makes the banjo unique. The fifth string is also called the “thumb string” or “drone string” because the early “clawhammer” banjo technique involved the thumb picking the fifth string often creating the syncopated sound that is associated with the banjo.

Can you tune a tenor banjo like a mandolin?

The Mandolin Banjo and Tenor Banjo Essentially it is tuned the same as a mandolin. The Irish tenor banjo, which tuning became popular in the 1960s, is also tuned the same as a mandolin, but an octave lower. Mandolin banjos come in a great variety of styles.

Why does my banjo sound out of tune?

However, other times when you tune up the chords sound terrible, particularly the further up the neck you play. This is normally a sign that the intonation is out, meaning that the bridge is not placed correctly and needs attention. It is important to remember that intonation is not an issue exclusive to banjo.

How much does a banjo cost?

On average, a banjo is going to cost anywhere between $50 – $3,000. For those just starting out, a beginner’s kit with a lower end model should cost between $150 – $300, definitely a good buy if you aren’t sure you’ll stick with it or not. A very solid mid-range banjo can be found for between $300 – $425.

Who put the fifth string on the banjo?

Joel Walker Sweeney
Another man who learned to play from African-Americans, probably in the 1820s, was Joel Walker Sweeney, a minstrel performer from Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Sweeney has been credited with adding a string to the four-string African-American banjo, and popularizing the five-string banjo.