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Banjo tunings

Page history last edited by Andrew Alder 12 years ago

5 string banjo

This is the original banjo, used in bluegrass music when fiited with a resonator, and in old time music with an open back. Various sizes. See 5 string banjo.


Plectrum banjo

A four string version of the 5-stringer. See four string guitars and banjos


Tenor banjo

A shorter scale version of the plectrum banjo. See four string guitars and banjos


Cello banjo


Used in banjo orchestras. Tuned like a cello:

  • C - G - d - a


Bass banjo


Rare, used in some banjo orchestras. Versions exist played like a guitar, and like an upright bass.

  • E' - A' - D - G


6-string banjo


Tuned and played like a guitar.




A small, eight-stringed four-course instrument strung and tuned identically to a neopolitan mandolin.




Almost any plucked instrument has been produced with a banjo body at some time!


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