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Mar 4, 2024 - 1:34:11 PM
10 posts since 10/29/2009

Tom Nelson wrote: I played baritone uke for a while and know the chords. The uke was tuned GDBE. Could I tune my 5 string in this manner and play clawhammer with it? Am I creating any problems by doing this?

Thank you

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 03/04/2024 15:50:42

Mar 4, 2024 - 2:14:32 PM
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dlm7507

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57 posts since 12/25/2019

You lose the 1st string drone when playing in G or D but the same thing happens with double C/D. That won't stop you from playing clawhammer. It's a guitar tuning.

zeppmusic.com/banjo/aktuning.htm

Edited by - dlm7507 on 03/04/2024 14:28:02

Mar 5, 2024 - 4:01:06 AM

11333 posts since 4/23/2004

I play at least one tune in gDGBE...I think I got it from one of Bob Flesher's albums.

The only downside is the raised 1st string. I've never broken one but it is pretty tight tuned to E.

Trad. clawhammer banjo music doesn't make much use of full chords. Many tunes never get past just one LH finger...sometimes two.

"Chicago tuning" (DGBE) for 4-string plectrum banjos has been around since the 19-teens...essentially a gateway tuning for guitarists.

Mar 5, 2024 - 5:17:38 AM

206 posts since 2/16/2015

quote:
Originally posted by tom nelson

Tom Nelson wrote: I played baritone uke for a while and know the chords. The uke was tuned GDBE. Could I tune my 5 string in this manner and play clawhammer with it? Am I creating any problems by doing this?

Thank you


Funny. I bought a baritone uke and tuned the 1st string to D so I didn't have to relearn chord positions. The uke community calls it slack-key banjo tuning.

Mar 5, 2024 - 5:39:10 AM

10 posts since 10/29/2009

My bad. I typed the wrong tuning order.order.

Mar 9, 2024 - 9:00:40 AM
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8462 posts since 3/17/2005

Yup, you could, but you'd lose a lot of open D notes, slides, hammers and pulls that are available if you tune to D like the good lord intended. ;-)

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