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What is the advance of tuning a 6 string bass like a guitar?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Thomas Kievit, Jan 12, 2014.


  1. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Thou shall not F*** up the groove Supporting Member

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    My apology if this has been discussed before, but I was wondering why some bass players with 6 string basses tune their bass E A D G B E, just like a regular 6 string guitar.

    Does this help them to write bass lines easier?
     
  2. Jensby design

    Jensby design

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    Lost the guitar player once tuned like this to supplement.
    Played my Wife down the aisle.
    Did some solo stuff but I missed my F#-string so I switch back.
     
  3. davidhilton

    davidhilton

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    IMO- None.
     
  4. ddhm

    ddhm

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    I've always hated the high B string on a guitar... makes you have to learn multiple formations to chords. Seems like it would slow you down unless you are really a guitarist.
     
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  6. 6stringpanda

    6stringpanda

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    As a 6 string player I have many different instruments tuned to various tunings using various string sets.

    I believe an E-a-d-g-b-e and B-e-a-d-g-c bass are almost two completely different instruments-and I play them differently.

    I would say that there is an advantage or disadvantage to favoring one or the other.
     
  7. Violen

    Violen Instructor in the Vance/Rabbath Method Supporting Member

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    I tune all of my 7 string basses BEADGBE

    If you notice, there are only five strings to learn, as they repeat. Arpeggios and Scales line up better in a single position, and chord work on the higher strings becomes easy, as there is a huge reference of useable chord shapes available for free on the internet.

    I wouldn't change to B E A D G C F# because i have learned this system, which makes it so i can pick up a guitar and show someone exactly what i want in a voicing or a run.

    I think we need to be flexible on tunings, but i also play Uke and Lute.
     

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