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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Scott Vestal banjo tuning on Steam Powered Aereoplane , Bluegrass 2022

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stevester2965 - Posted - 11/16/2023:  09:00:04

Hi guys,
Does anyone know what tuning Scott Vestal is using on Steam Powered Aeroplane, Bluegrass 2022 album? It's in D, but is he in the open Scruggs D tuning (eg Ruben's Train) or is he in the John Hartford tuning of regular G, but tuned lower?
Thanks a lot!

mmuussiiccaall - Posted - 11/16/2023:  09:35:47

Open G -5

Old Hickory - Posted - 11/16/2023:  10:39:43

What Rick said.

Good ear training opportunity. Learn to recognize basic "G" licks and melodic scales happening and it's clear he's playing as if in G. Scruggs D tuning doesn't sound like this.

Same as capoing up 7 but but an octave lower -- so tuned down 5.

KCJones - Posted - 11/16/2023:  11:00:02

As a note, the typical "John Hartford tuning" isn't G. It's Open E (G - 5).

mmuussiiccaall - Posted - 11/16/2023:  13:55:08


Originally posted by KCJones

As a note, the typical "John Hartford tuning" isn't G. It's Open E (G - 5).

I guess you meant -3?

KCJones - Posted - 11/16/2023:  15:00:00

Yeah something like that for sure. Brain fart

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