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down tuning 5 string

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by subopposite, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. subopposite


    Jul 23, 2008
    Alright, I fear this is a dumb question, but do people drop tune 5 and 6 string bass guitars or is the purpose of getting extra strings fix the need to drop tune.

    Say if you are playing a song from a band that drop tunes on a 4 string, so you just drop tune and only play those 4 strings or do you adjust for the 5 string.

    Again, sorry for the dumb question, it was a mini-debate in a new band.
  2. spode master

    spode master

    Jan 21, 2007
    I drop tune a whole step

  3. Depends on what the 4 string is dropped to. if its like CGCF, DADG,D#G#C#F# etc, you can just transcribe the notes down to the b string on a 5. Some people do drop tune 5s. Like drop A or even go down to F#
  4. I only play 5s and all are tuned down a whole step starting at low A-27.5Hz.

    That may help explain why all my amps are 550 watts and up. :bassist:

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