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tuning in 4ths 5ths

Discussion in 'Ask Steve Lawson & Michael Manring' started by floydbass, Aug 15, 2003.

  1. what is tuning in 4ths and 5ths i tune my 4 string eadg so is that 5ths or 4ths?
  2. CamMcIntyre


    Jun 6, 2000
    Floyd-that is in 4ths. To give you an idea of what tuning in 5ths would be is cello tuning-C G D A. Since C d e f G a b c D e f g A where the capital letters are the open strings. Standard BG tuning is in 4ths as E f g A b c D e f G . That's all and i hope that helped.
  3. Howard K

    Howard K

    Feb 14, 2002
    To add to the above... kinda

    the 5th fret on your bass is a perfect 4th above each open string... (E F G A) (A B C D) etc

    So you're tuning each string to the 4th scale tone above the string below it.

    The 7th fret is the perfect 5th... (E F G A B) (A B C D E)

    These particular notes of a scale are called a "perfect" 4th or 5th because generally speaking they are not Major or minor sounding.

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