#1
I'd like to tune my banjo lower so I can sing more easily, I never use alternate tunings on guitar or anything though because I feel like my strings will break easier if I'm always retuning, is this the case? I googled before I came here.
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#2
I really don't think so, only way I think they'd break easier is if you were to tune them higher
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#3
use a capo
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#4
Strings are one use only. If you detune them they're no good.
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Strings are so outdated. Guitar-based MIDI controllers are the future.
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#6
as for your question, if you have brand new strings it shouldnt be a problem. if theyre old and rusty thems gon break. id be more concerned about the neck derping
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#7
Tuning isn't the issue. The issue, as Burgery so elegantly put it, is the neck "derping" (aka bending out of its proper shape). I assume banjos have a truss rod (or something similar). So, either you'll need to adjust that, or you'll need to get heavier strings to match the current tension the strings are putting on the neck. If you don't really feel confident in doing any of this, then I'd advise you to take your banjo to a professional.
#8
Quote by beefcake122
I'd like to tune my banjo lower so I can sing more easily, I never use alternate tunings on guitar or anything though because I feel like my strings will break easier if I'm always retuning, is this the case? I googled before I came here.


If they're not too old and you set it up properly, then all should be fine. I must ask, however, do you plan on just tuning it down and up many times in short periods of time(like every so often in a week)? Doing that will wear the strings out faster and could cause problems to the instrument's neck. What tunings are you wanting to use, as well?
#9
Quote by beefcake122
I'd like to tune my banjo lower so I can sing more easily, I never use alternate tunings on guitar or anything though because I feel like my strings will break easier if I'm always retuning, is this the case? I googled before I came here.

Yes, they will, if you do it 10 million times:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatigue_%28material%29
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#10
Yeah that's what I'm worried about, I play a lot and there's only a few songs I'd like to tune down for. Two of the strings I retune several times a day so I always worry about that.
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#11
I used to tune my acoustic up and down all the time.
Never had any trouble with the neck, but a couple of the strings did break upon tuning at various times.

On the other hand, I suppose it could have been the fact that my acoustic is a piece of shit.
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#12
Changing the tuning often will slightly affect the life of the strings.
That being said from my personal experience the only tuning changes I do is going to drop D from standard and my E string is never the first to break.

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#13
Quote by beefcake122
Yeah that's what I'm worried about, I play a lot and there's only a few songs I'd like to tune down for. Two of the strings I retune several times a day so I always worry about that.

You could warp the neck retuning all the time like that...
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You could warp the neck retuning all the time like that...

well I don't want to buy two more banjos for each tuning
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#15
Such small changes in string tension alone won't irreversibly warp the neck. You'll be fine dude.
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well I don't want to buy two more banjos for each tuning

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Such small changes in string tension alone won't irreversibly warp the neck. You'll be fine dude.

That depends how varied the tunings are. In guitar terms, tuning from E standard to Drop D (and visa versa) all the time won't warp your guitar neck. But tuning from E standard to C standard all the time probably will. So, if you're just making small tuning adjustments, you're fine. Big adjustments are where you'll run into issues.
#17
alright, biggest changes I'm doing are a full step, so I should be good then
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#18
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alright, biggest changes I'm doing are a full step, so I should be good then

Yes, but the point more was how many strings you're changing, not just the step-wise changes of said strings. Are you changing all of the strings when you retune, or just 1 or 2?
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What key are you trying to sing in? You can play in any key easily enough in Open G.

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#20
Strings tend to last a lot longer if you don't put them on your guitar, the second you slap them on and start tuning them up their life expectancy goes way down.
#21
I cant imagine loosening them will make them more likely to break. Good luck friend
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I cant imagine loosening them will make them more likely to break. Good luck friend

I always seem to lose strings while tuning down
#23
Intonation would be your main issue. Generally if you've got relatively new strings they'll take whatever you throw at them, but if they're getting on lots of re-tuning will make them harder to keep in tune.