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As you might know, I recently released CD 6 for 3 string CBG.
In it I teach a method of movable chords that functions very similar to the way you play a guitar or banjo.
Using standard strings ADg, you tune ADf# (Open D Tuning).
It occured to me the other day, if you use a high e string for a drone and tune it down to d, it would make a great little 4 string banjo (dADf#). Major scale tones (1513).
Tuned like this, you can play in the key of D or tune the drone up to e and play in the key of E.
If you added the toy train rail road spikes in the fingerboard before frets 3 and 5 (a common method used by bluegrass banjo players to hook the drone string and fret the note) you can play in the keys of G and A too.
Now I don't want what I say to be taken wrong, but did you ever have an epiphany?
Although you might find it quite amazing, when you share it with others, they are sometimes less than interested.
Well, when I discovered the ADf# tuning that can be achieved from the GDg tuning, it was very exciting for me.
Maybe it is not quite the Rosetta stone, but I feel it offers a great way to approach playing CBG. You can use a fake book, make simple song covers and just strum chords. It is my hope that other players embrace this approach and discover it's full potential for themselves.
I appreciate your interest and look forward to any feedback about this discussion that you may choose to share.
Enjoy your build and practice, Keni Lee