Playing open E string vs down tuning

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by mbell75, May 13, 2019.

  1. Open string

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  2. Down tune

    0 vote(s)
  1. mbell75


    May 23, 2016
    Lets say you are playing a song that requires a lot of the note E. Do you prefer to play the open E or do you down tune so you can play the E as a fretted note? Ive gotten pretty good at muting the open E note quickly to hit the next note which is a D on the A string, but Im wondering if dropping my E string to a C# and playing the E at the 3rd fret then to the 5th fret of the A might be more efficient.
  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    I use Palm muting to take care of that situation.
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  3. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    If you really prefer playing a fretted E instead of an open E, you are a prime candidate for a 5-string.
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  4. mbell75


    May 23, 2016
    Been there and done that, don't like 5 strings. I have 3 basses, I will probably just keep one in drop tuning for certain songs. Probably the best choice. Just wondering what others preferred.
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  5. ForestFriend


    Apr 14, 2019
    I use the open string. When I pluck the A string with my finger, I bring my finger all the way down to the E string to mute it. Maybe there's a millisecond where both strings are ringing, but it's unnoticeable.
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  6. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    Get a 5 string
  7. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    You couldn't be bothered to read just four posts after the OP? In one of them I suggested this, and in the next one he responded. He's tried 5-strings and doesn't like them.
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  8. Jhengsman


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I can't keep the rest of what I'm doing straight if dropping the tuning of only one string. While one bass stays in D,G,C,F and I can move between that and standard B,E,A,D,G with no problem. I don't have time to retune between songs or trade basses. So if I have to hit that low note and it is an open string so be it.
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  9. I stay in standard tuning, so I don't drop tune. Yes, that means my low E is not going to be as low as you would like, however, this is how I do it, and the guys are not calling me out -- so I don't worry about being that low.