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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)


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

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.
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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