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?