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Best of both worlds?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dazmond, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. dazmond


    Dec 3, 2012
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    Hey, I'm just wondering if anyone else out there has their 4 string bass tuned to a standard 5(BEAD, or alternate low tuning such as CFA#D# which is really fun). I don't really solo, and I love having the extra low notes. I found it was easier to learn bass on a 4 and I've never felt a need to have the 5th string.
  2. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
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    Lots of bassists do that.

    Me personally, I'd rather use a 5er. I use the G way too much.
  3. Mingo Sanders

    Mingo Sanders

    Mar 11, 2008
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    I did that once, but I knocked the earth off its axis, seriously. So I retuned it B# E# A# D#, and everything was fine. My buddy Dino tunes his C F Bb Eb for his Lethalicon project, but he's got the alder body, and mine's poplar, so my bass sounds totally different.

  4. PBnJBassist


    Mar 8, 2011
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    Did it at one point, but tastes and music preference changed so I found no need for a low B (4-string or not). Even on my 5'er, I tune DEADG so I have a drop-D ready for the songs that require it.
  5. jsbarber

    jsbarber Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2005
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    Some double bassists, both classical (Quarrington) and jazz (Mitchell), tune their instruments in 5ths: C, G, D, A typically.

    This provides a broader range on a four string instrument. However, that is not the only reason why they do it. For double bass the 5ths tuning affects the instruments tone in a positive way. It also enables composers to compose like they would for a violin or cello. (They are coginizant of the differences with 4ths tuning on the DB).

    There was a thread a few months back that talked about 5ths tuning on BG.



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