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May 9, 2018 - 2:35:16 PM
4 posts since 10/17/2017

I just bought a used tenor guitar off of eBay (23" scale length). I plan on tuning it CGDA but I'm entirely new to the instrument. I have spent almost 2 years learning the mandolin (mostly bluegrass) so I am familiar with many of the scale and chord shapes.

Given that I have a good understanding of basic music theory and some experience playing in 5ths, and given that I'm not interested in playing bluegrass on a tenor guitar, what learning materials would you recommend? I'm mostly interested in chord melody, swing, hot club jazz and trad jazz.

I hope tenor guitar players are welcome here.

May 9, 2018 - 2:44:39 PM
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135 posts since 9/9/2008

I have been considering a tenor guitar for a while now and am sure this is a good place to get info...I'm not sure this is allowed but here is a link to another tenor guitar forum I have been checking out...mandolincafe.com/forum/forumdi...r-Guitars

May 9, 2018 - 4:22:07 PM
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3451 posts since 11/13/2005

I love tenor guitar too dad. It's the same as banjo, so there is quite a bit on youtube. Eddy Davis has a ton of material on his youtube channel that can be translated to tg. His tag is mrgreenmeat. I have a few tutorials as well on my channel zeldaanngoogle.

dc

May 9, 2018 - 5:04:43 PM

4 posts since 10/17/2017

I should have mentioned in the original post that I've done a fair amount of research. I'm familiar with Eddy Davis, Steven Caddick and Jack Rey on youtube. I've researched a lot of tenor banjo texts and am interested in opinions on the following:

1. Complete Tenor Banjo Method
2. Mel Bay's Tenor Banjo Melody Chord Playing System
3. Harry Reser's Let's Play the Tenor Banjo
4. McNeil Chord System for Tenor Banjo

Thanks for the input!

May 9, 2018 - 5:45 PM
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SteveZ

USA

57 posts since 4/23/2014

Since playing fifths and using a flat pick is not new to you, just diving in and having some fun with the tenor guitar may work. You may even consider tuning GDAE (it'll be an octave lower than the mando) and use whatever sheet music you have, whether for the mando or any guitar fake book, and experiment with the sound.

I have tuned both CGDA and GDAE on both of my tenor guitars. On each the tuning had a different ring to it, one sounding better with one tuning than the other. Tuning to GDAE may have a initial comfort factor to help the feel of a new instrument.

Edited by - SteveZ on 05/09/2018 17:50:31

May 10, 2018 - 3:47:40 AM
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banjopaolo

Italy

1084 posts since 11/6/2008

I love Tenor guitar!
I own an Old Gibson flattop and a very nice pesr shaped resonator guitar by the Czeck builder Amistar
I love both, and usually I tune the Gibson GDAE to have more bass...
Just have fun with your instrument!


May 10, 2018 - 8:15:50 AM

3451 posts since 11/13/2005

Sounds great Paolo........nice guitar man

May 11, 2018 - 11:50:12 AM
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40 posts since 1/21/2016

quote:
Originally posted by Dadsaster

I should have mentioned in the original post that I've done a fair amount of research. I'm familiar with Eddy Davis, Steven Caddick and Jack Rey on youtube. I've researched a lot of tenor banjo texts and am interested in opinions on the following:

1. Complete Tenor Banjo Method
2. Mel Bay's Tenor Banjo Melody Chord Playing System
3. Harry Reser's Let's Play the Tenor Banjo
4. McNeil Chord System for Tenor Banjo

Thanks for the input!


By the way, the link to the PDF for McNeil Chord System at a university library is in this thread, https://www.banjohangout.org/topic/339737/#4302684  

It is a bit dense by modern standards, but has some nice things, like the page that summarizes fingering for various chord forms for major, minor,and 7ths.  It is certainly worth more than I paid for it.

Joe

May 11, 2018 - 2:21:32 PM

411 posts since 7/20/2007

Please consider a look at my 35-page book, "Build Any Chord, Anywhere", which is a free download from the web of my color graphics approach to forming any chord anywhere on the fret board of any musical instrument tuned in fifths. Just Google the title and my name, Frank Geiger, or with the words, "Calgary Uke", (who put it on line originally years ago).

Frank Geiger (yellow dog)

May 11, 2018 - 4:14:20 PM

4 posts since 10/17/2017

Hi Frank, I already have your text! I studied when learning the mandolin fingerboard. It was immensely helpful.

May 14, 2018 - 10:01:18 AM

GVDB

USA

134 posts since 7/14/2015

How possible is it to tune a typical tenor guitar in CGBD like a plectrum banjo?

May 22, 2018 - 10:43:48 AM

4 posts since 10/17/2017

quote:
Originally posted by GVDB

How possible is it to tune a typical tenor guitar in CGBD like a plectrum banjo?


I found a chart about string guages for various tunings on tenor guitar.  They list a plectrum tuning wth a 26" scale length.  I think more common with tenor guitars is "Chicago Tuning" or DGBE but if a tenor can handle DGBE it should be able to handle CGBD.  http://rycooder.nl/pages/tenor_gauges.htm

May 23, 2018 - 10:51:04 AM

banjopaolo

Italy

1084 posts since 11/6/2008

You can use plectrum tuning in a tenor guitar of course, I neve did it, using only tenor tuning and Irish tuning (wich is my favourite in tenor guitar)

May 24, 2018 - 12:04:32 PM

164 posts since 3/19/2015

I really like 2. Mel Bay's Tenor Banjo Melody Chord Playing System

I play some Tenor Banjo, but around the house, it is simply too loud.

So I bought an electric Tenor Guitar and work my way through this book unplugged.

The first time through, I just played the examples, but now, I started over again and I want to try and understand what I do,so I'll be able to create my own chord melody solos one of these days,

It's a lot of work, but I think it will pay off...

How can I leave thee? Chord Melody

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