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Feb 20, 2024 - 11:47:42 AM
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Hello 4-string banjo friends of 1920s-30s jazz:

For anyone curious to explore 1920s-30s hot jazz in DGBE Chicago tuning --- or introduce the hot jazz genre to other musical friends --- a new book worth checking out is Jazzin' On 4 Strings: Hot Jazz in Chicago Tuning for Tenor Banjo, Tenor Guitar, Baritone Ukulele, Banjo-Uke, and More.

The 288-page book is a guide to the application of the guitar-like DGBE Chicago tuning on a variety of 4-string and 4-course instruments ... for a more varied sonic palette. The book includes history, recommended listening, theory, application of rhythm & chord basics, 20 hot jazz standards (notation & chord symbols), fretboard diagrams, string tension charts, a gallery of 4/8-string instruments, endnotes, appendices, bibliography, and index.

The book is by author/historian Reginald W. Bacon, veteran guitarist, tenor banjoist, vocalist, comedy tap dancer, and acrobatic juggler, now retired after 35 years with a succession of touring theatrical shows and revues. (Hey, that's me ... now getting around to sharing knowledge and insights from all those years.)

To learn more about the book, and to read the introduction, contents, and author's rationale, visit the publisher's website at

Wishing all good fun and good fortune to my extended musical family of 4-string enthusiasts ... and 6-string, 8-string, & 10-string players too!

Reg Bacon

Feb 21, 2024 - 6:54:20 AM
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46 posts since 8/22/2019

Just ordered! I play plectrum banjo in chicago tuning and couldn't found any resource except something for baritone uke and, of course, for guitar. And I play Hot Jazz!

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