Can someone help me out with the tuning of this one?
gCGCE and f#DF#AD tuned down work but aren't exactly what he is playing in. I don't think it is G either, but maybe I am wrong.
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He's playing in the key of G#. I think the banjo is tuned an octave below standard. gDGBD with capo on the 1st fret or g#D#G#CD#. If you tune up a half step from standard open G tuning or use a capo on the 1st fret, you will be playing an octave above his playing. You likely will need heavier strings to tune down an octave.
Thanks for your help, David. I am playing a big old fretless banjo, so tuning down isn't a problem. Can't work it out in relative G, though...To my ears he often hammers onto the bass sting, and the melody is built around that note he hammers down onto, which sounds like the 4th string at the second fret (???), or there abouts. Very confused at this point.
For me, gCGCE works best, except for that hammer on to the bass string...
Florian, you have listened to this tune far more closely than I have, so I agree I may be wrong. I sometimes hear things differently after I have tabbed a tune and thought I had it pretty close. On this tune, I was able to tune my tackhead down to low G# (g#D#G#CD#). I can play pretty close to the recording. The only 4th-string hammer-on I hear (so far, anyway) is a hammer or slide on the 4th string from the 4th fret to the 5th fret. It's a nice song done by lots of folkies, and I'm sure you can work up an arrangement that will have your touches as well.
He's definitely hammering on to the bass string to get the tonic note; I'm pretty sure he's playing in fDGCD, tuned way down, but play out of F position, where your home position is 3-2-0-3 from bass to treble. It's the same tuning Roscoe Holcomb used for "Hills of Mexico" (there are lots of examples). The hammer on is from the open D note on the 4th string to the "third fret" – the F note. Of course I'm writing as though it's standard pitch.
Hey Chris, you're spot on. Thanks a lot for your help! fDGCD is one of my favorite tunings. Surprised I didn't try it out.
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