How to Tune a Banjo
The process for properly tuning a banjo is the same as most other stringed instruments. If you play a string open, you’ll typically find it to be sharp or flat. ‘Sharp’ means that the string is too tight, and the resulting note is higher than it should be. On the other hand, being ‘flat’ means you have a string that is too loose, producing a pitch that is below what is correct.
Using our banjo tuner app you can easily tell where your pitch is relative to the proper note, and you can then adjust the string tension by using the tuning peg on the headstock. A few tips to help you: we recommend starting out with your note being a little flat, then tuning up to the correct note – this will help to even out the tension and will keep your tuning more stable. Another trick is to take it slow and smooth when making your adjustments. Sometimes it doesn’t take a whole lot to get to the correct pitch, and by taking it slow as you get closer to the target note you’ll find it much easier to get the tone ‘just right’.
Tuning your banjo shouldn’t have to be a task that is difficult to do, and you definitely shouldn’t have to pay a lot of money to get a professional tool to do the job right the first time. Get your hands on the best banjo tuner around by downloading GuitarTuna today!