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Apr 2, 2024 - 7:10:07 PM
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1 posts since 4/2/2024

Hi all,
I'm new to the site and I chose to introduce myself on the Tenor forum because that's my interest. I've played guitar over 55 years, and somewhere in the distant past, I played the banjo, a Gibson RB-180 long-necked five string, with which I labored to teach myself to play clawhammer style. I reached a stage of not-too-embarrassing on banjo when I jumped full bore into jazz guitar studies and didn't come up for air for about 40 years. To lighten up I took up ukulele and realized how much I loved strumming chords in well-conceived arrangements. This led me back to the banjo, but this time my interest in jazz turned me to the tenor, where I thought the jazz, blues, and swing tunes I played on the uke would sound fantastic on tenor banjo, if I could pull it off. Well, we'll see.

My tenor is arriving soon and I'm watching you tube lessons. I know the scales and chords are different from anything I've played, but I'm diving in. I joined here hoping for guidance and tips from experienced players. I hope to learn from, and someday contribute to, this banjo community.

Joe Phillips

Apr 3, 2024 - 5:20:01 AM

754 posts since 11/9/2021

Cool beans! Welcome. As a 40+ year fiddler, I took the plunge into clawhammer a bit over a year ago. Always loved the sound of the two together.

Apr 3, 2024 - 11:37:01 AM

banjopaolo

Italy

1879 posts since 11/6/2008

Welcome John on the hangout, tenor banjo is a great friend for many of us!
Great instrument to strum and in different musical context, I think tenor is very versatile, more than other kind of banjo (I also play 5 string and 6 string guitar banjo)
In my profile page you will find many vids audio and some sheet music and tabs, don’t hesitate to ask for help…
Good strumming :-)

Apr 3, 2024 - 12:32:51 PM

pasdimo

France

359 posts since 12/7/2017

For information, I tune one of my tenors cDGA (with the lower string one octave higher), almost similar to a ukulele. I use that mainly for strumming in Latin music (Brazilian, Venezuelan, Cuban, etc…), this is my own way to play these musics on a tenor banjo, not satisfied with a standard tuning.

Apr 3, 2024 - 3:41:57 PM

majesty

Canada

344 posts since 3/20/2011

Re Pasdimo message:
Do you meean cDGA or cGDA tuning? I use cGDA tuning for some music jobs. Jim

Apr 3, 2024 - 5:02:30 PM

232 posts since 9/6/2016

Welcome aboard! I’m a longtime guitarist (40 years now) who took up the tenor seven years ago. It’s a wonderful instrument, and as said above, versatile.

Apr 4, 2024 - 12:16:21 AM

pasdimo

France

359 posts since 12/7/2017

Sorry, cGDA of course

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