5 string bass, dropped tunings question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by meowcatsmeow, Dec 5, 2013.


  1. meowcatsmeow

    meowcatsmeow

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    So I'm looking to join this metal band, they play in drop b, (i think) so, i was wondering how i would tune to that with my 5 string bass. I know for guitars it is BF#BEG#C#, so i don't know what to do. I don't want to just leave my top string the same and then tune up my lower strings, i know that's an option people sometimes mention, but i want a consistent low sound. I don't want to have a really low sounding string and then really high ones. Should i just get heavier strings? If i do would i just tune the E to a B, A to an F#, D to an B, and G to an E? (like a four string in drop B, ignoring the top B string for now) Then what would I do with my other B string? I don't know if i should do that or tune my E to an F# and so on? Sorry if that was confusing... thanks in advance for any help.
  2. bassresistance

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    I would just play in BEADG unless you need to be in drop-tuning to play the basslines.

    Alternatively, you could tune your bottom 4 strings to drop-B and then have another high string.
  3. Thrash3r

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    That's what I'm doing in my new band, with the right strings you still get a consistent sound across the strings.

    I'm guessing you'll be doubling a lot of the guitar lines, it's much easier when you're tuned the same.
  4. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum. Supporting Member

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    Three choices I see:

    1. Tune to "High C Drop B", which would basically be B-F#-B-E-A.

    2. Tune to G# Standard (G#-C#-F#-B-E). Get heavier strings unless you want them loose.

    3. Stay in BEADG.
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  6. meowcatsmeow

    meowcatsmeow

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    Alright, those 1st two actually sound really helpful, thanks a lot man. Yeah, i decided a while ago that i would not do BEAD. I'm not completely new, but im still learning. but yeah thanks again
  7. meowcatsmeow

    meowcatsmeow

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    And thank you other guys too, sorry i only looked at the last response closely, but yeah i would be doubling the guitar lines, also any tips on types of strings? or gauges?
  8. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum. Supporting Member

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    Type of strings depends on the music and your bass. I use a P with steel rounds, but some prefer nickel rounds, or even flatwounds! Check what your favourite players use and consider. Gauge depends on how loose you want the strings: go heavier for tighter strings, lower for looser. I'm not well versed in gauges for the tunings I've mentioned, though; my band does mostly D and Drop C.
  9. meowcatsmeow

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    Does your band have a youtube, or facebook page? id love to look it up

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