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Jun 12, 2024 - 9:48:14 AM



3 posts since 4/22/2023

Has anyone figured out how to sound like Lewdite: ( on a GDAE tuned Tenor Banjo?

Basically fingerpicking a tune producing an old time sound?

I only have 1 Instrument and it's a GDAE tuned Tenor Banjo. I'd like to be a bit more versatile with my Instrument. I really love the sound Lewdite can produce with his Tenor Banjo - but I don't really want to restring it to DGBE. I'd retune it to another tuning that works with GDAE as a starting point.

I can't reproduce what he is doing (I am not an experienced musicians), but I thought there are surely musicians who tried and made it work.

Jun 12, 2024 - 10:07:25 AM
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Enda Scahill


109 posts since 4/28/2008

Tune it ADAD and then drop it down a whole note or so. So GCGC open C tuning. The looser strings reverberate more and open tuning gives more sustain. That’s what I’ve tried and it goes someway to achieving the tone you’re asking about.

Then things like a fibre skin head, open back banjo etc can all contribute to that old time banjo sound

Jun 12, 2024 - 10:19:41 AM



3 posts since 4/22/2023

Thank you Enda - The tuning sounds do able. I'll try this and report back in a week if it did work for me.

Jun 12, 2024 - 2:16:49 PM

3526 posts since 4/19/2008
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Here's an "out of the box" way to turn your GDAE to DGCD as in the video.

Tune down your D string down to C, A string to F, E string to D and capo string
4 3 & 2 at the seventh fret. BTW stretch your strings by pulling on them before capoing.

Jun 22, 2024 - 11:50:01 AM



3 posts since 4/22/2023

Hello Guys,

I tried tuning my banjo to GCGC as Enda suggested, and I thought it sounded very good overall. I also tried to notate the song, but since I can't really read notation, it wasn't that easy either. So, I think for now I'll give up. I'll buy a capo and try mmuussiiccaall's suggestion, which might work since I could reproduce what lewdite did in his video 1:1. However, I think with my 17-fret banjo and a capo on the 7th fret, I might have a pretty short scale length.

Thank you for the help

Edited by - euls on 06/22/2024 11:50:46

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