How do I tune a 4 string banjo?

The plectrum banjo is traditionally tuned (4th to 1st string) C, G, B, D. By raising the fourth string from C to D and raising the first string from D to E, the banjo is tuned to Chicago tuning.

What is standard tuning for 4 string banjo?

The 4-String Plectrum banjo has four strings and a neck with 22 frets. Same as a 5-String without the 5th string. Standard tuning is “C” (CGBD). Other popular tunings include “G” (gDGBD) and “Guitar” (DGBE).

What is the difference between a 4 and 5 string banjo?

Instead, some of the most common 4-string banjos are built like ukuleles and play exactly like them. The main difference between these two is that the tenor banjo is shorter in scale length than the plectrum banjo; the plectrum banjo is the same scale as the 5 string banjo, but played with a flat pick.

What kind of tuning does a 5 string banjo have?

5-String Banjo. The most standard 5-string banjo tuning. This is referred to as “Open G” Tuning because the banjo is tuned to an open G chord, meaning that if you strum the banjo without fingering any of the strings on the neck you will be playing a G chord.

Why is the banjo called open G tuning?

The reason it’s called Open G is that if you strum the open strings once you’ve tuned it this way, it gives you a G chord without having to fret any notes (by the way, if you’re interested here’s a handy banjo chords chart in this tuning). Close to standard G tuning but the second string is tuned up to a C note.

What kind of tuning do you use for Shady Grove banjo?

This is a very popular tuning for old time tunes such as Shady Grove, Little Sadie, and many others. It is also sometimes called “Sawmill Tuning” or “Mountain Minor Tuning.” This is very close to standard G tuning but the second string is tuned up to a C note. This eliminates the third of the G chord and produces a G sus 4 chord.

How can I tune my banjo for free?

Use this free online banjo tuner to tune up your banjo. This is for a standard 5-string Banjo, in GDGBD tuning. If you have a banjo that has six strings it might be a banjo guitar and that is tuned like the guitar. For those of you who have a 4-string banjo, it is tuned the same as the viola or cello in CGDA