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May 20, 2024 - 11:30:50 AM

drifty

USA

1094 posts since 10/11/2004

I've been learning the old Desert Rose Band "Love Reunited" done bluegrass style by Dalton Harper. I know it's in E. I've been playing it capo on the second fret, D chord position. It works OK, but Caleb Smith, Dalton's excellent banjo player, also appears to capo at second fret. BUT, he's also getting a nice 4th string slide, which is not possible with the banjo in G tuning. Any ideas?

youtube.com/watch?v=uEJMrCnR6VM

Drifty

May 20, 2024 - 11:32:57 AM

Fathand

Canada

12394 posts since 2/7/2008

Might it be open D tuning capoed up 2 frets?

May 20, 2024 - 12:25:08 PM

drifty

USA

1094 posts since 10/11/2004

Doesn’t regular D tuning leave the 4th string at D? Looks to me like his 4th has to be tuned down a lot to make that slide.

May 20, 2024 - 12:57:28 PM
like this

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

28049 posts since 6/25/2005

Sounds like standard C (aka Drop C) capoed 2. Lots of bg banjo players use it for D. Earl’s “Soldier’s Joy” for instance.

May 21, 2024 - 7:11:32 AM

4850 posts since 3/28/2008

Regular G tuning, with the 5th string capo'd two frets. Without the capo, it's aDGBD; with, it's it's bEAC#E

Edited by - Ira Gitlin on 05/21/2024 07:11:43

May 21, 2024 - 12:38:59 PM

drifty

USA

1094 posts since 10/11/2004

quote:
Originally posted by Ira Gitlin

Regular G tuning, with the 5th string capo'd two frets. Without the capo, it's aDGBD; with, it's it's bEAC#E


Thanks. That's about what I've come up with. Standard tuning for playing out of D position for songs in E. I'm just not hearing his 5th string B that much. Probly just my hearing.....

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