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Aug 23, 2019 - 6:26:53 AM
2 posts since 7/22/2019

Hi everyone newbie here, I’ve been playing with the banjo for about 9 months now and I think it’s awesome,but I’m looking for some advice on tuning it. I have a fender bottlecap banjo I’ve been practicing on and I can’t get the sound right on it. I seen on the forum some place it should be tuned as follows string 5 g3. 4 D2. 3 G2. 2 B3 and 1 D3 when I tune it with a chromatic tuner the strings are loose and it sounds awful I’ve tightened the head about a 1/8 turn at a time and it doesn’t help. Now on the chromatic tuner I have it states it should be tuned as follows string 5 g4, 4 D3, 3 G3, 2 B3 and 1 D4 and when I tune it to these settings it sounds better but the strings are tight. So which one is right and any help would be appreciated.

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:40:49 AM

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I don't know much about g3 versus g4 but I think the tighter strings are correct. If you tuned it an octave too high you would be breaking strings.

Aug 23, 2019 - 7:07:43 AM
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14380 posts since 3/27/2004

If you're tuning in standard G tuning just match the notes here:

Aug 23, 2019 - 7:57:44 AM

86 posts since 7/28/2019

I use an online tuner. There are a few.

Aug 23, 2019 - 8:01:40 AM
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6040 posts since 8/28/2013

The chromatic tuner is correct.

Also, be sure to check the position of your bridge.

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:06:35 PM

40 posts since 8/15/2019

I'm no expert, but having played guitar for around 50 years, it sounds like you are off an octave. Pull up a good banjo tuning app and see if that's the case.

Aug 23, 2019 - 4:20:20 PM

2 posts since 7/22/2019

Thanks for the responses I’ll give it a try

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