IRISH TENOR BANJO LESSONS
the 1960's Barney McKenna of the Dubliners folk group popularised tenor
banjo playing in irish traditional music. Although this was not by any
means the beginning of the use of the banjo in irish music it did mark
the beginning of a move to a more standardised way of playing and tuning
of the irish tenor banjo.
Nowadays the tenor banjo is generally tuned EADG (1st - 4th) for irish music and is played on standard length tenor banjo (19 frets) or a slightly shorter necked 'irish' tenor banjo (17 frets). If you are thinking about learning to play, buy either of these. The 17 fret version is slightly easier on the fingers as the 'stretch' is less demanding but many top banjo players prefer the standard length neck. It's simply a matter of personal choice. Don't be tempted to buy the very long necked 'plectrum' banjo as although it has four strings like the tenor, the long neck (22 frets) makes the 'stretch' far too difficult for serious playing.
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