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Alternate Tunings for Bass Chords

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Peter Rouvalis, Jan 5, 2018.


  1. Peter Rouvalis

    Peter Rouvalis

    Jan 5, 2018
    Hey guys, this is my first thread so apologies if I'm doing anything wrong or stupid.

    I was wondering if you guys knew of any alternate tunings that would help a player access chords easier? (Specifically third inversion major 7th chords, (which is a major 7th chord with the 7th on bottom) but anything you guys have will be helpful) I could use a capo, but that means I can't really create any chord progressions.

    I know generally the bass doesn't play chords, but I like how they sound, plus I don't have any other instruments so I figured I'd at least try.

    Thanks to anyone who bothers to respond! :)
     
  2. ixlramp

    ixlramp

    Jan 25, 2005
    UK
    A general suggestion is all-fifths tuning, it spreads the pitches further apart which makes the harmony clearer, since the instrument is lower pitched. It also creates much more range on the same number of strings, such that you have higher pitches usable for chords while preserving the low pitches. You would need to build a custom set of gauges from singles.
     
  3. Peter Rouvalis

    Peter Rouvalis

    Jan 5, 2018
    Thanks!
     

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