Cello tuning

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Davidoc, Mar 26, 2003.

  1. Hi, do you know what a cello is tuned to? Thanks!
  2. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    C G D A, low to high. That is, fifths rather than fourths.

    For what it's worth, the late Red Mitchell, one of my favorite upright bassists, used to tune his bass like a cello, but one octave lower. He had some amazing hands.
  3. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    I did that for a while with a spare bass. It made the Bach cello suites easier to play, but didn't do much else for me.
  4. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    I've been using this tuning for 4 years. It's great! I've got the range of a 5 string on 4 strings. Chords are easier too (if it weren't a fretless:D ).
  5. I've been trying to do them on my 5, but I'm going to change one of my 4s to that soon, should make it much easier.