One of the most popular tunings for old time banjo is sawmill tuning. This is where you raise the 2nd string up to C instead of B.
g D G C D
The problem with this is if you want to play chords, all of your chords now look different. You’ll need to adjust the fingerings by one fret on the 2nd string to play your usual chords.
I’m going to make this easier for you, so you don’t have to sit and calculate all of your new chord shapes. This is, of course, not all of them; however, I chose the ones I thought you would want to use the most as sawmill tuning is typically for limited amounts of modal type tunes.
Here are a list of some common chords in sawmill tuning:
Chord Chart for Sawmill Tuning
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