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Chicago tuning-Tenor or Plectrum? Chime in.

From cb56 on 4/17/2017 1:25:09 PM

I'm back to playing DGBE on plectrum.

24w 16 13 10

I also have a 23 scale tenor guitar that I use for Chicago tuning.

How about you?

(HINT: there is no wrong answer)

8 Comments

banjoukebob says:
4/17/2017 12:05:38 PM

I play guitar tuning on my B&D silver bell #1 sultana tenor banjo.
GHS steel strings 10-14-24W-30W
Banjo Bob from NJ

Air says:
4/18/2017 7:22:37 PM

Two plectrums, one built by Dan Petrella with a great tone and a super slim neck, and a 1922 Bacon with a v neck that I picked up for $150 last summer. Can't remember the strings I have on them.

bassfiddlesteve says:
5/23/2017 10:31:43 PM

I started with a couple of tenor banjos in Chicago tuning, but I switched to a plectrum to get more projection.

cb56 says:
6/9/2017 8:39:07 AM

I've since switched to 24w 20w 13p 10p
Might switch the 13p to 12 p.

Might try some bronze wound strings and see if I like them.

Musicmanna says:
7/25/2017 10:55:53 AM

I switch back and forth from playing with a heavy D string (around .24) to a light one (~.10) to obtain a ukulele-like re-entry tuning that sounds sort of like a 5-string banjo. Works purty good, at least for me.

Musicmanna says:
7/25/2017 10:56:26 AM

P.S. I play a Gold Tone CC-100 resonator plectrum.

Chilly65 says:
3/12/2018 6:26:19 AM

Hi Folks ,
I'm a newbie to music and banjo .I have a four string tuned to dgbe and am looking for any help on understanding Inversions .I really am struggling to understand the process and feel a lot dumb ,however have got used to that feeling ha ha ! I don't read music .Finger positions or anything at a beginners level will help .Thank you .

cb56 says:
3/12/2018 7:09:57 AM

Chilly65.
I can show you how I learned them. Others go about it a different way.
Start here. These are your major moveble chords built off of open CAGED chords.
hangoutstorage.com/banjohangou...32018.pdf
See if this makes sense. Practice these and get them in you hear and fingers. Then we'll move on. Feel free to ask questions.


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