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.
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.
If you're tuning in standard G tuning just match the notes here:
I use an online tuner. There are a few.
The chromatic tuner is correct.
Also, be sure to check the position of your bridge.
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.
Thanks for the responses I’ll give it a try
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