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Bao
12-02-2011, 09:14 PM
My baritone ukulele hasn't been put to much use since i've got a guitar at home to play.

Is it possible to tune a baritone to a banjo tuning?

cb56
12-03-2011, 02:12 AM
Depends on what kind of banjo you are talking about. A baritone uke is tuned DGBE. A plectrum Banjo is commonly tuned CGBD. Not that much different.
Of course Tenor Banjos sometimes use something called "Chicago tuning" Which is DGBE same as baritone uke.

5 string banjo is commonly tuned gDGBD or gCGBD. The little g being the short 5th (drone string) There are also several other 5 string tunings. You can't do these on a uke unless you add a 5th string. You could change out your 4th string (Low D), to a high D and tune dGBD which would be similar to 5 string banjo missing the 4th string. (The high d drone string would just be a different note in the open G tuning which will still sound good)

OR you could do what I did and go get a banjo. Good beginner models are Gold Tone CC-OT (what I have) or Deering Goodtime. Both excellent quality for the price.

Here's a good place to learn about all things banjo
http://www.banjohangout.org/

zac987
12-03-2011, 07:27 AM
You could be a little crazy and put a 5th string on a baritone... It'd take some tinkering, but it'd be fun.

Lori
12-03-2011, 07:53 AM
If you are just looking for a different tuning, for a different style, you might consider slack key tuning– gCEG or GCEG. If you wanted re-enterant g, you would need a different 4th string.

–Lori

cb56
12-03-2011, 10:51 AM
on a baritone?

Lori
12-03-2011, 06:49 PM
on a baritone?
Check out these baritone strings for C tuning
http://www.elderly.com/accessories/items/ANBP.htm

–Lori

cb56
12-04-2011, 01:52 AM
Oh that's right. Forgot about those. Tried to put them on my wife's baritone and the E string snapped before getting it up to pitch.

DiezenPDX
11-01-2014, 06:30 AM
My baritone ukulele hasn't been put to much use since i've got a guitar at home to play.

Is it possible to tune a baritone to a banjo tuning?

I know this is an old thread, but I am posting a response so that anyone else who may do an internet search and find this can get a valid answer.
I am surprised no one else said this, but: The 5 string banjo is most commonly tuned gDGBD. All you have to do is tune your Bari Uku's 1st string down to a D from an E, and you have the DGBD of a 5-string banjo. Doesn't require any special strings or anything. All you are missing is the high g drone. I have been playing my Bari uke like a banjo (Both clawhammer and Scruggs), this for years. You can just use the 4th string (D) as a drone, or get creative and ignore the drone all together.
Take care.