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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Jazzin', Apr 13, 2006.

  1. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    So I broke out my grandfathers old mandolin just now and tuned it to standard mandolin tuning which is in 5ths like viloin. (GG DD AA EE) And I'm wondering, should I use 4ths instead of 5tyhs since I'm a bassist and I'm used to 4ths? I have already got somewhat confortable on 5ths, but I would be 10x better if I were to ever jam if it were tuned in 4ths. What to do?
  2. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    Bumbity bump...
    I want to see if I can get a response before I go to bed.
  3. pklima

    pklima Commercial User

    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Karoryfer Samples
    Stick to fifths. I used to play mandolin, gave up on it when I realized nobody was ever going to say "Hey, leave your bass at home and bring the mando". Mandolin has a very good scale length for 5ths tuning, the notes should fall pretty naturally under the fingers. 4ths tuning would be OK if you only had two fingers.

    And once you get comfortable in fifths you can try tuning a bass CGDA...

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