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Jan 24, 2021 - 4:26:59 PM
6 posts since 12/28/2020

I've found this:banjohangout.org/archive/77165 & trapdoor2 has an 1890s PDF Copy of a Tutor that has suggested tunings for 5, 6, 7, and 9 (yes nine) String Banjos. Every time I click the link, it doesn't work so I need you to send me the link so I can figure out the tuning of a 9 String Banjo (3 Drone Strings & 6 Full Length Strings). These extended range Banjos are becoming popular because they're super duper cool. I've seen the 7 String Banjo:youtube.com/watch?v=RSm28ooQxcM & the body is larger than a 5 String Banjo body so that the lower pitches speak more clearly. I'd imagine if all 6 String Guitar-Banjos had larger bodies than 5 String Banjos, the lower pitches would speak more clearly. Let me know what that interesting 9 String Banjo tuning is, Happy Safe new year, & #StayHealthy.

Jan 24, 2021 - 4:57:26 PM

61 posts since 5/21/2020

quote:
Originally posted by s11141827

I've found this:banjohangout.org/archive/77165 & trapdoor2 has an 1890s PDF Copy of a Tutor that has suggested tunings for 5, 6, 7, and 9 (yes nine) String Banjos. Every time I click the link, it doesn't work so I need you to send me the link so I can figure out the tuning of a 9 String Banjo (3 Drone Strings & 6 Full Length Strings). These extended range Banjos are becoming popular because they're super duper cool. I've seen the 7 String Banjo:youtube.com/watch?v=RSm28ooQxcM & the body is larger than a 5 String Banjo body so that the lower pitches speak more clearly. I'd imagine if all 6 String Guitar-Banjos had larger bodies than 5 String Banjos, the lower pitches would speak more clearly. Let me know what that interesting 9 String Banjo tuning is, Happy Safe new year, & #StayHealthy.


I 've never heard of a 9 String Banjo before but I would guess strings would be tuned in pairs like a mandolin or 12 string guitar with the odd string as a drone. Eg gDDGGBBDD. 

 

This guy may be able to help

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VujLwQmKylk

Edited by - FenderFred on 01/24/2021 17:00:45

Jan 24, 2021 - 5:28:25 PM

6 posts since 12/28/2020

Hang on, we know the tuning for a 7 String Banjo is gGCDGBD. & I'd imagine the Original 9 String Banjo (3 Drone Strings & 6 Playing Strings) has 2 more Treble Strings. I think the suggested tuning from that method might be g4, f4, e4, G2, C3, D3, G3, B3, D4. Because several strings are tuned a Step apart, that gives the instrument a sound that's half way between a Banjo & a Harp, which I believe sounds really pretty.

Jan 24, 2021 - 8:10:45 PM

10870 posts since 4/23/2004

https://classic-banjo.ning.com/page/tutor-books

The tutors are still there. I can't remember which one...probably one of the Dallas/Ellis tutors.

A lot of the 6, 7, etc, banjos just used the common base tuning gCGBD and extended the basses to add useful notes. They were complicated to play and short lived.

Jan 25, 2021 - 6:27:10 AM

6 posts since 12/28/2020

quote:
Originally posted by trapdoor2

https://classic-banjo.ning.com/page/tutor-books

The tutors are still there. I can't remember which one...probably one of the Dallas/Ellis tutors.

A lot of the 6, 7, etc, banjos just used the common base tuning gCGBD and extended the basses to add useful notes. They were complicated to play and short lived.


Those extended range Banjos aren't as hard to play as you think because with lots of updates to Technology, they now have frets, & a larger body for the lower pitches to resonate.

Jan 25, 2021 - 6:28:52 AM

6 posts since 12/28/2020

quote:
Originally posted by trapdoor2

https://classic-banjo.ning.com/page/tutor-books

The tutors are still there. I can't remember which one...probably one of the Dallas/Ellis tutors.

A lot of the 6, 7, etc, banjos just used the common base tuning gCGBD and extended the basses to add useful notes. They were complicated to play and short lived.


I'll find it.

Jan 25, 2021 - 6:53:34 AM

6 posts since 12/28/2020

quote:Originally posted by s11141827quote:Originally posted by trapdoor2classic-banjo.ning.com/page/tutor-books

The tutors are still there. I can't remember which one...probably one of the Dallas/Ellis tutors.

A lot of the 6, 7, etc, banjos just used the common base tuning gCGBD and extended the basses to add useful notes. They were complicated to play and short lived. I'll find it. Can you please tell me which one it is that has he 9 String Banjo tuning? Extended range Banjos are becoming more popular these days.

Jan 25, 2021 - 7:36:29 AM

6 posts since 12/28/2020

I went through all the methods & none of them have the 9 String Banjo tuning yet, the only method that has it is on here:classicbanjo.com/tutor.htm Maybe you'll wanna help. Let me know.

Feb 8, 2021 - 12:21:14 AM
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janolov

Sweden

40914 posts since 3/7/2006

Here is an old photo: https://collections.library.yale.edu/catalog/2002047

Also read a discussion about the pic: https://www.banjohangout.org/archive/279548

Here is an article about 9 string: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/1911_Encyclop%C3%A6dia_Britannica/Banjo . According to the article there were three thumb strings and six longer strings!

There is an article in Banjo Newsletter about a 10 string guitar: https://banjonews.com/2015-09/10-string_banjo.html but is five pairs of strings .

A clip on YouTube showing a nive string banjo but without thumb string: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VujLwQmKylk

Here is a pdf paper about seven string banjo: https://nixworks.com/files/seven_string_banjos.pdf

Edited by - janolov on 02/08/2021 00:30:44

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