ARTICLE: How to Tune a Banjo using a Piano

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ARTICLE: How to Tune a Banjo using a Piano

Postby Scott » Fri Nov 11, 2011 6:20 pm

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How to tune a Banjo with a Piano

   Tuning your banjo using a Piano or Keyboard is a simple task. It is pretty easy and good for beginners because your only playing open strings on the banjo, so you can have a free hand to turn the pegs while the piano and the banjo are resonating. It's also better because you cantune each individual string, instead of getting one reference string and tuning the rest of the strings to it.

Open Strings - Down below I will talk about playing Open Strings. To play an Open String means to play a string without fretting anything. So that's why it's called Open.

Tuning a Banjo using a Piano


The picture above shows you each string on the banjo, it's same note on the Piano or Keyboard. Just follow the picture for each individual string and tune the string until it matches the keyboard or piano. Just play each string open, you don't have to fret anything. Make sure you use the 'Middle C' on the picture as a reference point so you don't tune your banjo an octave too low, or too high.
Congratulations on tuning your banjo!
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Re: ARTICLE: How to Tune a Banjo using a Piano

Postby Leonidas » Wed Nov 16, 2011 6:20 pm

Simple good info, thanks!
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Re: ARTICLE: How to Tune a Banjo using a Piano

Postby Jensta05 » Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:15 pm

Wish I had access to a piano
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Postby mbliss » Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:20 am

The illustration is an octave off. Move to the left 12 semitones.
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Postby richardparker » Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:56 pm

All their tuning devices for banjo are an octave high...I broke a string trying to tune to the pitches sounded in the iPad tuner.
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