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The tenor guitar is tuned exactly like a tenor banjo, and one of the major roles of the tenor guitar has been to allow tenor banjo players, and possibly mandolin family players, because of their similar tunings, to instantly double on the guitar without having to learn the scales and chord shapes for the entirely different tuning of a six string guitar.
In music there is the diatonic scale, or "do re mi fa so la ti do".
The tenor banjo's sharp and cutting sonority, partly derived from its tuning in fifths, compared to that of the more mellow six string guitar, was particularly suited to the newly emerging, but still primitive, technology of acoustically recording this type of music onto acetate or metal discs which were then used as moulds for pressing the familiar black discs.
It is not surprising, therefore, that some of the earliest tenor guitars were also built by banjo manufacturing companies which they could possibly have seen initially as a way to expand their markets, and then eventually maintain their markets.
However, the popularity of the tenor banjo (or 'tango banjo', as it was sometimes called) significantly began to overshadow that of the mandolin family towards the end of the second decade of the twentieth century.
This type of tuning is commonly associated with Irish music and the tuning is used because it involves playing with fiddles and mandolins, instruments that are also tuned to GDAE.The use of this tuning, however, is not restricted to this style of music.The tuning in fifths also means that the tenor guitar, and it's cousin the tenor banjo, are similar to the violin and mandolin families of instruments, mandolin, violin, mandola, viola, mando-cello and cello, and they can all be played with the same chord shapes.You can still post questions hopefully some of our viewers can help you out ...Thank You --I've been getting an overwhelming amount of emails and comments for gibson guitar serial numbers , specs and info .
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