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Tuning question about G and high B String.

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by cassanova, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    I asked JT a question in the double neck guitar thread over in basses a question about how he tunes both necks. His reply made me think of something that I never really stopped to think of before until now.

    He tunes b-e-a-d-g-b-e, which I know is an alternate tuning and guitars tune e-a-d-g-b-e. But in both cases the G to B string are only tuned a 3rd. Perhaps someone can explain to me why the one string is tuned a 3rd rather the 4th like the rest.
  2. Asher S

    Asher S

    Jan 31, 2008
    Since, as you wrote, G-to-B-to-E is conventional tuning for a 6-string guitar, many people know chords in that tuning.
  3. HaVIC5


    Aug 22, 2003
    Brooklyn, NYC
    If you want to get into the nitty gritty of "why", there's a book out there called Fretboard Logic that explains it pretty well. It basically comes down to the ease of creating chord shapes. If you've ever played a lot of chords on bass you'd know that there are some pretty awkward shapes with straight-fourths tuning. Chord shapes are a LOT more malleable and easy to work with if you have that major third interval.

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