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comping 5string parts on a 4

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by 'JC', May 5, 2004.

  1. 'JC'


    Mar 14, 2000
    Do you guys think it's wort doing something like this if you have the intention of getting a 5 in the future?

    I ask since it's strange to be used to playing a part one way, as opposed to how it's written when you have access to a 5.

    Ex: (other than those 4 octave runs) I can play Just Let Me Breathe by Dream Theater on a 4, but on a 5 my first reaction is to continue playing the low D on the E as if itwas drop tuned, and the low Bs on the A as up on octave. Basically the whole 'old habits are hard to break' cliche.

  2. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    Whitmoretucky MI
    It's cool, but there's nothing like that nasty Low B! It's even better doing 4 string parts on a 5 using that low B rather an open E, it's just a deeper tone and usually makes the finger action easier, not to mention built in drop D tuning. You could also tune a 4 BEAD but I am very happy I got a 5er!