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D-tuned for the Opera?

Discussion in 'Ask Mike Watt [Archived]' started by c-ba55, Sep 7, 2001.

  1. I've been playing along with your opera by tuning all 4-strings down a whole step. I was wondering if that's what you do, or if you just detune the E and leave the rest alone, or what?

    Also got a chance this wknd to read The Minutemen chapter in <u>Our Band Could be Your Life</u>, which put you guys in a pretty good light. Were you happy with that book?
  2. watt

    watt TalkBass Pro Supporting Member


    I only tuned the e string (the fatest one) down to d. the other three are still a-d-g. the opera is mainly for d. boon, right?

    I was interviewed for that book by its author, michael azerrad. the title is from a line in a minutemen song I wrote called "history lesson (part II)." I've read it and am glad someone's shedding light on a period of music I feel has been pretty much ignored. I'm proud of those days and the folks I got to share them with.

    if someone starts their own band after they read that book then I consider it a success!

    on bass, watt

  3. Nice, subtle tribute to D. with the bass tuning, mike. I hadn't even made the connection until you mentioned it.

    Was the guitar tuned to drop-D as well for the opera?
  4. watt

    watt TalkBass Pro Supporting Member

    hi cj,

    nels detuned his guitar's e string to d also. I also had him do the solo to "the boilerman" w/one of d boon's teles too.

    on bass, watt