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The Banjo's Strings and Notes
The Tenor Banjo's four strings are:
The first or A string
The second or D string
The third or G string
The fourth or C string
These strings are shown in Fig. 48.
The A string is tuned to the first A above middle C on the
piano (Fig. 49). The D string, is tuned to the D just above
middle C. The G string is tuned to the first G below middle C,
and the C string is tuned to the C an octave below middle C.
For tuning instructions, please see the section on "The Violin."
You will notice from Fig. 49 that the range of the Tenor
Banjo's notes is different from most other string instruments and
that if there is much playing on the low G and C strings, the
music would be hard to read. The notes would be written way
below the staff, and it is harder for most people to read these
When playing the Tenor Banjo, most people use regular
music such as that written for the piano or violin or for popular
songs. This music is written mostly on or near the staff and is