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For bluegrass, the 5 string banjo is typically tuned to open G - gDGBD, but there are some songs that require other tunings. Open D, drop C, double C, or sawmill are some of the different tuning options you may encounter. Checkout our banjo beginner video lesson How to tune your banjo » Once your banjo is tuned, take a look at the list of all Tunefox banjo songs, our Cripple Creek or Dueling Banjos tablatures

Hot Lessons & Songs

  • Song

    Cripple Creek

    Scruggs Style Banjo

    • Difficulty

    • Key
      G
    • Tempo
      90 bpm
    • Tuning
      gDGBD

    This version of the Cripple Creek is designed to teach you how to play slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Take each one slow at first to get them sounding nice and clean.

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  • Song

    Arkansas Traveler

    Scruggs Style Banjo

    • Difficulty

    • Key
      C
    • Tempo
      100 bpm
    • Tuning
      gDGBD

    This arrangement features some essential Scruggs-style roll patterns, especially in the B section of the song. Check out the preview measure below to learn the MTMT ro...

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  • Lesson Free

    Getting Started with Bluegrass Banjo

    Tuning, reading tab, and playing roll patterns

    8 Lessons

    • #banjo

    • #beginner

    • #right hand

    Learn
  • Lesson

    Multi-Level Metronome Exercise

    A multi-level exercise for basic timing, subdivision and accents

    8 Lessons

    • #banjo

    • #essentials

    • #right hand

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  • Song Free

    Angeline the Baker

    Scruggs Style - Key of D Banjo

    • Difficulty

    • Key
      D
    • Tempo
      110 bpm
    • Tuning
      aDGBD

    Spike that fifth string at the 7th fret and lets go to work! Playing in D without a capo opens up some glorious new sounds.

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  • Lesson

    G, C, and D7 Chords for Beginners

    Learn three banjo chords and how to combine with your roll patterns.

    6 Lessons

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    • #beginner

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How it works?
1. Select your instrument and press 'Start Tuning' button.
2. When prompted, allow your browser to use the microphone.
3. Pluck the string you want to tune and the tuner will highlight the note letter for you and show you if you are sharp or flat.
4. When the note turns orange, it means it is close to being in tune.
5. When the note turns green, that string is in tune.
Not sure how to tune your banjo?
Checkout our banjo beginner video lesson How to tune your banjo »

Want to be a more creative player? Checkout List of bluegrass banjo songs. You can practice with awesome backing tracks, change licks and use other great learning features.
Spice things up?
These are the most common tunings you will encounter in a bluegrass/old-time music setting:

  • Open G - gDGBD
  • Double C - gCGCD
  • Sawmill - gDGCD