Can I tune a banjo with a guitar tuner? Well the answer is… yes. There are several ways you can tune your banjo and learning the basics of the instrument will make you a better banjo player.
The first thing you will need to do is locate the jack for your banjo. This is usually either on the rear of the bass drum or the tailpiece. If you are unable to locate it then there are several sites that will help you locate it.
Once you have located the jack, you will then need to remove the pot. Usually the pot is mounted to the front of the bass drum. On some models you will need to remove two screws instead of one. Be sure to remove all of the nuts and bolts before removing the pot.
Once you have removed the pot, you should look at the side of the jack and remove the four bolts that hold the nut in place. The nuts and bolts are usually numbered and can be looked up online. The ones marked “AA” can be removed from the “D” series of nuts.
Once all of the nuts and bolts are removed you should remove the bottom nut. Then slide the jack out and look at the not next to it. The nut will turn. This is the tuning nut.
You will need to put the nut back in the proper position so that it is correctly attached to the bass drum. Look to see if the numbers are matching up with the numbers on the end of the nut. If they are then you know that the nut is tightened to the same value.
After the nuts are in place, attach the pot to the nut on the end of the bass drum. Screw the nut into the bass drum nut. Take the ball bearing off the bottom of the pot and screw it into the nut. Tighten both nuts until the ball is seated in the nut. Then screw the bottom nut on to the nut on the banjo.
Take the nut off of the banjo and replace the nut and ball bearing. Repeat this process until all of the nuts are tight and you have the proper banjo tuner.
Tuning a banjo is very easy but you need to remember to maintain your instrument and not over do it. If you are new to playing the banjo, you may need to practice on the simpler tunes first. When you get comfortable you can move onto more complicated tunes.
When you purchase a high quality banjo, you can make some modifications to tune it properly. One modification is to remove the wood from the neck of the banjo to allow for more room for the tuning peg. Another modification is to add a tuning peg inside the body of the banjo. Many people find this modification to be necessary when tuning their banjo.
When you have decided to purchase a banjo and decide to purchase a new banjo, you will want to make sure that you get the exact measurements of the banjo. The next step is to look online and find a reputable dealer.
Once you find an online dealer that you are comfortable with you will be able to ask questions and learn more about the instrument. A dealer who makes certain that the customer is completely satisfied with the instrument will always be a good bet.