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All fifths tuning

Discussion in 'Bluegrass [DB]' started by Ketchakah, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. Ketchakah


    Sep 29, 2013
    Boone, NC
    Hello All,
    I am Ketch. I am very very new to this. I am thinking of re tuning my Bass to an All Fifths tuning. I set up a short scale with piccolo strings in Fifths and really liked the sound.
    Now i am thinking of setting up the bigger one in a similar tuning but in the normal Bass range.

    Would those that know more then me. (Which is pretty much everyone :) ) please give me your thoughts as to any advantage or disadvantage to tuning to fifths for 1-5 progressions and what tuning you like best.
    I am thinking either the standard E or perhaps to C as is the piccolo.

    Thank you for your thoughts. Ketch
  2. RustyAxe


    Jul 8, 2008
    I see no reason to use it ever, but especially for bluegrass. You already have the open 1-5 ... A/E, D/A, G/D ... and everything inbetween (walk-up/down, etc) is easy to get to. Fifths tuning just spreads everything out.
  3. bobsax


    Jan 16, 2011
    Southern Oregon
    Do you need low action for 5th tuning?

    I saw a Red Mitchell video and it looked like he was bar chording. I can't image doing that with my setup.