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Open G banjo playing with dulcimer

Posted by Sal Monella on Thursday, June 4, 2015

Hi all,

I am going camping this weekend with a group of friends who have cobbled together some homemade instruments, pretty much a jug band if you will. One of my friends is a musician and he plays a wash tub bass. Last year I played a stick dulcimer and there was an actual mountain dulcimer in the group so things were okay. He told us last year to just strum along with the beat and everything will be fine. My wife commented that it sounded pretty good.

Earlier this year I picked up a banjo and have been learning it tuned to open G. So now if I want to play with that dulcimer, how should I be tuned to make things sound okay? My skill level is very basic but I'm thinking that by playing the basic rolls I know and strumming at times things might work out. Is there an easy way for tuning my banjo to fit in with the dulcimer?

Thanks in advance for your help.


1 comment on “Open G banjo playing with dulcimer”

Texasbanjo Says:
Friday, June 5, 2015 @5:09:34 AM

Leave it in open G. Whatever key the song is in, you play those chords and it will sound okay. A G chord is a G chord, regardless of what instrument you're playing, as long as everyone is playing in the same key and the same chords, it's music, you don't have to be tuned the same.

In a band situation, guitars are tuned E, B, G, D, A, E, mandolins are tuned E, A, D, G, banjos are tuned D, B, G, D, G and all play songs in various keys and play together and all sound okay.

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