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Banjo Lessons: Tuning to D

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Well here we are in the D tuning section.
We've been in G tuning for the entire time
up to this point.
D tuning is a great tuning, and
it's particularly the tuning where Earl
Scruggs came up with Ruben.
The very first tune he played in the three
finger style.
So I wanna demonstrate how you get into D
tuning out of G tuning.
So here we are in G tuning.
First string is D which is really handy,
because you don't have to retune it,
cuz it's a D note.
Second string, B.
You tune it down, till you get to A.
And you'll find as you're tuning
down that the other strings will start
going out of tune,
like the first string which was in tune is
in this case is going a little bit sharp.
But for now you can just kind of bring the
second string down to A and
then the third string goes from G down to
the fourth string which conveniently again
is D.
Just stays right where it is because it's
a D note and that helps define the D chord
in the D tuning that you're getting in to.
First string goes from G down to F-sharp
F-sharp is the third degree of
the D scale.
Like I
say you'll have to kind of tweak the other
strings that you haven't touched,
like the two D notes you'll have to tweak
a little bit cuz everything,
as you change the pressure of the strings
by lowering them.
The other strings go a little bit out of
tune also.
So, you have D on the first string.
A on the second string,
which is the fifth note of the D scale.
Third string is F sharp.
Fourth string is D.
And the fifth string is F sharp.
So, as you do in G tuning,
you have two octaves.
You have the first and fourth strings as a
D octave,
And the third and
fourth strings as an F sharp octave.
Now, you're ready to play Ruben.