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Tuning a Tenor Banjo

*Note that the audio on this page uses a flash player. This should work on all modern browsers.

Use this page to play the correctly tuned notes as an aid to tuning your banjo.

For a more comprehensive note on tuning, see the Tuning Guide

There are many tunings for the short scale and standard scale tenor banjo. The tunings most often used are:

String Irish Listen
Bottom or Fourth (thickest) G
Third D
Second A
Top or First (lightest) E

String Tenor Listen
Bottom or Fourth (thickest) C
Third G
Second D
Top or First (lightest) A

String Chicago Listen
Bottom or Fourth (thickest) D
Third G
Second B
Top or First (lightest) E