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Tenor Banjo

DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
edited April 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
I recently acquired a tenor banjo with 19 frets. I understand that there are multiple ways to tune it.

Standard: c g d' a'
Irish: G d a e'
Chicago: d g b e'

What is going to be the easiest or most fun to play? Yes, I realize it's a hard instrument to learn. I expect to try really hard for two weeks, then get tired of it and hang it on my wall. Still, I'd like to give it a shot. Any ideas?

I should mention that my only stringed experience is very minimal bass guitar.

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  • EggyToastEggyToast Jersey CityRegistered User regular
    edited April 2007
    With most instruments, alternate tunings are only useful if you have an actual reason to use them. As in, you play a style of music that demands either high dexterity or alternate tunings. Standard tuning will get you started, and if you continue playing you will probably naturally get to a point where you understand what the alternate tunings actually accomplish for various musical styles.

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