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Demonstration and explanation of tuning the fretless banjo to the key of E/A.

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Comment by Strumelia on October 9, 2017 at 3:11pm

My gourd banjo sounds thinner and less resonant when tuned up higher than low F or G.

My Hartel and my Bell Stichter both also sound more beautiful and resonant to me in G/D than in A/E.

Aside from physical tension of the strings, head, etc... maybe it's just personal and relative, how we perceive which key sounds 'better' on our banjos?

Comment by Al Smitley on October 9, 2017 at 3:14pm

I like Union Spring Jig, however, and it's do-able.

Comment by Timothy Twiss on October 9, 2017 at 4:08pm

Depends on the repertoire...like I was saying, fast moving lines, chords, and double -stops work good with increased tension. That seems to be how the music developed

Comment by Chris Prieto on October 9, 2017 at 4:11pm

Gotta get the snap!

Comment by Strumelia on October 9, 2017 at 5:04pm

I can definitely understand the benefit from less bounce and resonance... more quick response and snappier... when playing the tutors' guitar style or more notey/chordy stuff, as the 5 string headed into classic banjo... even into the ragtime era (still before tenor banjo).  A player's preferred speed also very much comes into play I'd think.


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