[Dixielandjazz] History of the Tenor Banjo
arnold.wilking at earthlink.net
Sat May 12 18:18:24 PDT 2012
Standard tenor banjo tuning is C-G-D-A, exactly the same as a viola.
Standard mandolin tuning is G-D-A-E, exactly the same as a violin.
Standard plectrum banjo tuning is C-G-B-D, but many players tune it as the
top four strings of a guitar and still others invent their own tunings.
Mike Pingatore's name ends in an "e," not a "y."
Phil Wilking - K5MZF
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From: Mike Woitowicz
There is some interesting commentary in the article about Mike Pingatory's
role as banjoist with Paul Whiteman's orchestra and his contribution to the
development of the instrument.
For those that are not aware, the tenor banjo is one of two major types of
4-string banjos used in jazz (the "plectrum" banjo is the other). The tenor
banjo has a shorter neck and is tuned to a higher pitch. There are several
tunings used for the plectrum banjo, but generally the pitch is lower. The
higher pitch of the tenor allows it to cut through the other instruments in
a combo, more so than the plectrum. This style of tuning was developed from
mandolins and other similar instruments in the early 1900's (explained in
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