Tuning a Tenor Banjo

There are many tunings for the short scale and standard scale tenor banjo. The tunings most often used are:


String

Tenor

Listen

Irish

Listen

Chicago

Listen

Bottom or Fourth (thickest)

C

G

D

Third

G

D

G

Second

D

A

B

Top or First (lightest)

A

E

E

For all tunings:
Then, for GDAE and CGDA Tuning:
Then, for DGBE Tuning:

Alternatively, buy an electronic tuner and tune each string using the indicator on the tuner.

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