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Posted by BBlack on Saturday, December 3, 2022

Attention Banjo People.   I am brand new to banjo and off to a rocky start.  I am attempting to teach my self to play with the help of the internet, and lesson #1 was to learn to tune the damn thing.  I already broke a string and went thru the arduous task of replacing it. Now I am back in the same place where I was just before I broke the string. TRYING TO GET STRING #3 TO TUNE TO G  I am using a snark and it is at F# but it is so tight that I fear it will snap again.  What the F#*K am I doing wrong? All the other strings have tuned fine.  HELP!

Frustrated in the Carolinas. 



2 comments on “Help!”

Texasbanjo Says:
Saturday, December 3, 2022 @2:06:35 PM

It's possible you may not be tuning to the correct NOTE when you try to tune. Go here: youtube.com/watch?v=Dfeli92imYM and you will hear the correct note (tone) for each string. See if that helps.

Also, what kind of strings are you using; i.e., light, medium, heavy. That makes a difference as to how easy/hard it is to tune. If you're using light strings, those are easier to break but also easier to fret when you're first learning.

NotABanjoYoda Says:
Saturday, December 3, 2022 @2:18:14 PM

Tune it using the 2nd or 4th string not for note.

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