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Jan 19, 2020 - 8:03:22 PM
9 posts since 2/18/2016

Hello Banjo Buddies,

Need help with a tuning i'm not familiar with. If anyone who is can help me on this i would be most grateful. Song is Oh Death Doc Boggs someone posted online a while back. Notes listed below. I don't know how to tune to this. Will this tuning break strings, lol. Thanks in advance.

Happy Pickin'


1 C#
2 G#
3 E
4 B
5 f

Jan 20, 2020 - 3:26:43 AM



9363 posts since 1/22/2003

This tuning is below standard tuning, so strings won't break. You can start with gDGBD or with gCGBD and tune your strings down to  the desired notes.

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:19:22 PM

9 posts since 2/18/2016


Thanks for your help, i don't have a tuner so i don't know when each string would be at the desire notes...i can't find a mp3 tuning anywhere on line to be able to hear the tuning so any other suggestions in achieving this task?

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:44:11 PM
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180 posts since 4/10/2018

So how do you get in tune now? I recommend purchasing a tuner if you are going to fool around with the great variety of banjo tunes.

Otherwise: if you start with gCGBD:

1 C# is a half step down from D (1 fret)
2 G# is 1 and a half steps down from B. (3 frets)
3. E is 1 and a half steps down from G (3 frets)
4. B is 1 & a half steps down from D (3 frets)
5. f is 1 step down from g (2 frets)

This isn't very elegant but you can chart this out and based on your current tuning. Someone else may have a better idea.

Jan 20, 2020 - 3:05:24 PM

9 posts since 2/18/2016


Thanks this may work for me using my ear. I plan on getting a tuner soon. Open for easier suggestion anyone?

Jan 20, 2020 - 5:37:54 PM

180 posts since 4/10/2018

Sorry for a typo above, but you would be starting from standard tuning which is gDGBD.

Jan 20, 2020 - 6:46:58 PM

9 posts since 2/18/2016

I noticed that, thanks for telling me

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:34:54 AM
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173 posts since 11/13/2018

You apparently have access to the internet. Does your computer have speakers? Use an online tuner to tune your banjo to proper pitch.

Jan 21, 2020 - 11:13:13 AM

9 posts since 2/18/2016

thank you very much for the link.

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