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piano scales to banjo scales

Posted by keith moore on Monday, September 14, 2020

can you use the Piano scale on a banjo.   so if I like a piece of solo piano music can  it be played on the banjo.   by using the piano notes  or do I have to convert it to banjo music scale.

3 comments on “piano scales to banjo scales”

dbrooks Says:
Monday, September 14, 2020 @8:38:35 AM

I have written quite a few clawhammer tabs based on sheet music for fiddles. I also have a Kindle ebook of Stephen Foster tunes for clawhammer based on 19C piano music. In these cases, I identify the melody notes and make that the core of my clawhammer arrangement. The tab will be based on the same key as the sheet music when that works satisfactorily on the banjo. Picking a tuning is part of that work. Sometimes I have found I needed to change the key and the tuning of a piece to make the best use of the 5-string banjo.

So yes, you can use piano music as a basis for your banjo version, but adjustments are needed to take a two-handed piano arrangement work on an instrument that that can play fewer notes at the same time.

keith moore Says:
Monday, September 14, 2020 @11:48:35 PM

thank I will try it out

Texasbanjo Says:
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 @4:37:53 AM

You can easily use piano notes as the same notes on the banjo and play a melody or scales or arpeggios. If you know where the open G is on your banjo, you can figure from there the other scale notes. I used to take piano sheet music for songs I wanted to learn and pick out the melody on the banjo and then add all the frills to make it sound bluegrass. On a bluegrass banjo, you shouldn't have to retune the banjo. You may need to capo to get in the right key, but as long as you pay attention to the sharps/flats, you probably won't even have to do that.

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