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tenor banjo - g-tuning

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Hello out there,
after three years of 5-string playing, I've grabbed my tenor. Being a mandolin player as well, I've tuned my instrument to the Irish GDAE. But right now I'm wondering, why I should stick to that kind of tuning as hardly anybody seems to use it. Even Gerry O'Connor usually plays the standard CGDA. That's what he says in his The complete guide to learning the Irish Tenor Banjo ! Somewhat surprising, don't you think ? Why should we bother with that tuning as no song in his school has a GAH-note in it ???

So what's your idea on that ?

So long

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Playing Since: 2006
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Age: 69

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In 2006 I entered the local music shop with my daughter's mandolin. On my way to the shop I listened to the Dubliners and Barney McKenna in particular. "If Becko, so I thought to myself, still has that tenor in his shop, I must try and play this tune." But of course, the banjo had been sold the day before. A friend of ours was waiting in Becko's place and was playing just for fun on a guitar. I told him about the miserable state I was in. "No reason to despair," he told me, "I've got a five-string in the attic. You can have it because I don't play the banjo. It's a gift my wife gave me. " That's how I got my five string. The tenor I bought. Oh, I even have a six-string which was a gift, too. When the Iron Curtain crumbled to pieces, a journalist was offered it by a banjoist from the ex-GDR. As he had no idea what to do with a banjo, he just gave it to me. Such is life.

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