Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

710
Banjo Lovers Online


 All Forums
 Playing the Banjo
 Playing Advice: 4-String (Jazz, Blues & Other Trad Styles)
 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Playing Tenor in Fiddle Tuning


Please note this is an archived topic, so it is locked and unable to be replied to. You may, however, start a new topic and refer to this topic with a link: http://www.banjohangout.org/archive/353821

BanjoBelle - Posted - 05/12/2019:  13:05:09


It's been a loong time since I posted here,however last Fall I got a Gold Tone AC 4,which I adore. As I also play mandolin,I'm playing it in Irish tuning. That being said,I'm playing old time,bluegrass on it and am getting into Western Swing. And yes, still playing 5 string- in fact I have an AC-5 by Gold Tone and also picked up a Fender Rustler 5 string early this year,and it's magnificent!

paulspafford - Posted - 05/17/2019:  19:55:14


I have my tenor banjo tuned that way as well - I’m also a mandolin player first. I’ve played a lot of folk and bluegrass on it, but have been concentrating on acoustic blues lately. You can write very nice arrangements for pre-1950s blues in the keys of G, C, and D.

BanjoBelle - Posted - 05/24/2019:  15:46:17


I play mandolin as well! Have you done any vids of your playing? Would love to hear some of the tenor stuff you're mentioning!

paulspafford - Posted - 05/28/2019:  18:17:26


I don't have any current video, but here's an audio recording of part of a solo set (about 15 minutes) that I did a couple months ago.



20190302banjo.mp3



The recording quality is pretty lousy - and a song on mandolin may have snuck in there too. This tuning really leaves you wide open for using double stops and drones to fill out the sound during instrumental verses, and has such a cool deep growl to it.



Songs:




  1. Spoonful, by Willie Dixon

  2. Rambling on My Mind, by Robert Johnson

  3. Same Old Blues, by JJ Cale

  4. Same Thing, by Muddy Waters

  5. Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine, by Papa Charlie Jackson

  6. Won't Be Long For Day, by Blind Willie McTell



I'd love to hear what you're doing!


Edited by - paulspafford on 05/28/2019 18:18:27

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories

0.0625