How about tenor guitar tuned like a mandola? That high "A" string on a tenor guitar is a real small one, and about as tight as you want to pull a string, so down a fifth from mandolin, same intervals, and the chords are voiced like mandolin chords are. General range of the tenor is about a (musical) fourth higher than the six string, and almost as much range, though it only has four strings.
From: Bill Martin <nkm@...
To: NW Bluegrass <firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Thursday, October 1, 2009 12:58:57 AM
Subject: [nwbluegrass] Capo jammin'
I'm wondering about the Delmore Bros. I think they used a git tar and a
tenor guitar. But did they also capo up? Or do two 6-stringers? Sometimes
sounds like capoing to me. I wonder how they tuned that tenor, like a
There is a wonderful singing duo from Virginia, Mac and Jenny Traynham, who
play guitars and also a tenor. You can find them at CDBaby and myspace. I
think they use capos a lot but I have never seen them live so I dunno. Go to
com/macandjennyt raynham and listen to how they play "In
The Blues Of Virginia". Sooooweeet! Then go to
com/cd/mjtraynha m2 and you can listen to the CD re-release
of their early 80s Lp. Lots of sparkling guitar work that hovers in that
beautiful land between bluegrass and old-time country.
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