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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Plectrum Banjo---Slightly Different Tuning


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Hot Club Man - Posted - 03/04/2020:  14:46:31


Tuning for plectrum players.

Anybody tried doubling up the forth string (C)--that is bottom C as normal with an octave C as well? That is:
C c (octave) G B D . If you did--did you like the sound?

guitarbanjoman - Posted - 03/04/2020:  16:49:14


I have never tried it, but I suspect with that tuning that the constant sound of octaves in every chord would become annoying rather quickly.

But, hey! According to my wife, I am often wrong!

G Edward Porgie - Posted - 03/04/2020:  18:27:32


I can't imagine any use for this, and on some chords, doubling one particular note could ruin the tonal balance.

Hot Club Man - Posted - 03/05/2020:  02:17:57


Many thanks for your replies to my topic. Some tenor banjo players have tuned their 4th string (C) an octave up--to my ears a truly great sound for the tenor. I have tried tuning my 4th (C) an octave up--plectrum tuning---that is a 'no-no'---does not work--miss that low C.

When I get around to trying both C's I will post the results. Could be a 'no-no' or OK. 'Gotta give it a try!'

L50EF15 - Posted - 03/05/2020:  07:14:56


The closest I have come to this is playing my five string as a plectrum in standard open G. It gives me an easy fingertip octave above the fifth fret. I love having access to that sound.

guitarbanjoman - Posted - 03/18/2020:  06:12:02


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Fathand - Posted - 03/23/2020:  05:42:25


quote:

Originally posted by Hot Club Man

Tuning for plectrum players.



Anybody tried doubling up the forth string (C)--that is bottom C as normal with an octave C as well? That is:

C c (octave) G B D . If you did--did you like the sound?






Do you mean changing the 4th string to a course of two strings as on a 12 string guitar?

majesty - Posted - 03/23/2020:  13:29:14


The exact sound of the 4th string tuned one octave higher on a tenor banjo is the same pitch as the sound of the C note at the 5th fret , 3rd string of a 5 string banjo tuned DGBE or a plectrum banjo tuned CGBD. It should be a light string to produce that rich chord melody sound, in my opinion.

Hot Club Man - Posted - 03/24/2020:  04:21:21


Hi Rick

Yes--having a 2 course 4th C string--an octave apart. In my opinion should be a 'richer' sound for both single note and chordal playing. (Though nothing wrong with the 4 strings CGBD.) Will have to have 5 tuning machines on the head stock. When time allows will give that a try. When I get around to doing it I will post my thoughts.

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