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Tuning Flat

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Rush1988, Jul 7, 2002.

  1. Yes

    9 vote(s)
  2. No

    30 vote(s)
  3. Every once in a while

    16 vote(s)
  4. Not on all of my basses but some or one

    2 vote(s)
  1. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    The only reason I would detune is to play with a record of a band that detunes. Even then though I don't bother unless I need a low Eb.
  2. fadlan bassman

    fadlan bassman

    Oct 23, 2001
    Not with a five string.
  3. Matt Sanchez

    Matt Sanchez

    Jun 25, 2002
    The only times that I've tuned down a half step - were when I played Top 40 bands. The reason why we tuned down was to make songs easier on the singer's voice.

    Bass Regards,
    Matt Sanchez
  4. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    If I need a high C I grab one from the fridge.

    I always tune a half step down. It just gives the strings different tonal properties and makes everything just seem to sound better.
  5. i love playing in various altered tunings. i have three basses in standard tuning, and they are the ones i use for all of my sessions. as for the bass i use the most, with my current band, it is tuned c g c f(down one step, then dropped d). my headless is tuned as a tenor bass(a d g c). i now play noting but 4 strings, and at one time, i had one tuned b e a d. and a use really light strings with really low action. .040-.095 in standard, .045-.100 in dropped c, .025-.080 for tenor, .060-.115 for b e a d. with the really low tuned basses, i am playing in heavy bands, and i find it gives me a heavier tone-more growl. with the standard tuned ones, it gives me more punch.
  6. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    When I need a high C I reach for the fifth fret of my G string.

    Man you know how anoying it is for me to play with my guitarist that drop to D when I play my four string?

    Man I hate having to go to the fifth fret of my A string or having to play an open D string. Its so hard to get those notes sometimes.

    Seriously, I think half the time everyone tunes down, theyre just limiting them selves or giving themselves a crutch by staying in that range the whole time.

    Who says that you have to play your lowest D just because the guitarist in playing his lowest D?

    Ive met too many guitarist who depend on drop D tunning, and alot of bassist who through jamming with these guitarist have come to depend on drop D tunning as well.

    I will admit that I use my 5th string on my five string for the low D and lower notes, but only as I would use any other notes in the full range on my bass.

    Just my $0.02.

  7. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    I did this (tuned down a semitone) for the first time since I started playing bass along with GnR & Metallica 5 years ago. I had a jam with some metallish guitarists and it made sense to do the same as them to make doubling riffs easier. I was pleasantly surprised that my bass didn't appear to be bothered by it, and just sounded a little deeper and growlier - I can see why Warwicks are so popular for nu-metal!

    I don't see myself doing it again because I'm rather bored of doing the trad hard rock thang and am working on more unusual material on my own. I guess my next live project will either be faking my way into a jazz band or fronting my own originals project.


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