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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: 5-string vs Plectrum vs Tenor

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ronatr - Posted - 12/23/2019:  08:51:31

Not sure if this a tenor related or 5-string related question so am posting to both topics.

I am a decent 5- string bluegrass player (Scruggs style) and have recently been asked to back up a dixieland jazz combo. Which I realize is a different animal - ie - strumming chords to the beat more than picking notes. I also have a tenor banjo but am a beginner on that.

As I see it my choices for this dixieland stuff are:
1. Disable the 5th string and play as a plectrum banjo in DGBD tuning, which Id be most comfortable with.
2. Disable the 5th string and play as a plectrum banjo in CGBD tuning.
3. Tune my tenor to CGBD (or DGBD) to take advantage of my existing chord knowledge.
4. Learn proper tenor technique with CGDA tuning.

I see this dixieland music as a long term goal for me - I would like to become proficient in the style.

Anybody been in this position or have any suggestions as to pros/ cons?

Joel Hooks - Posted - 12/23/2019:  09:01:06

Bill Rogers - Posted - 12/23/2019:  09:54:16

Duplicate topic.. Locked. Go here:

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 12/23/2019 09:55:51

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