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tuning question

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Bob Clayton, Nov 15, 2001.

  1. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    for all the people who just say " why don't you just leave it in 'E A D G'", please don't respond. i want to know the safest( when i say safest, i mean, is it better to tune the bass down, or up) way to tune to:
    C (the low string)

  2. tune the 3 high strings down a whole step, and the E string down 2 whole steps. you really should learn some basics about music, this is pretty elementary.
  3. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    elementary AND "miscellaneous[bg]" :rolleyes: and yeah, i concur with DHC, go check out www.libster.com , learn every lesson, and no supper until you do.
  4. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    ohhh I love you guys!!!! :D :D :D

    thanks for sharing libster.com with me! Ive been looking for something like this for such a long time! now I can finally learn all that theory and scales and modes stuff that Ive wanted to learn but too lazy to find a bass teacher! This is the best day of my bass playing life!

  5. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    there is only one way to tune to CGCF, and thats down. all these notes you mentioned are lower than standard tuning, so therefore you can only tune down. Like DHC said, the 3 highest strings are a full step down from standard tuning and the low C string is 2 full steps down from standard E. CGCF is also known as "Drop D tuning transposed down one whole step" because, of course, thats exactly what it is: Drop D down one full step.

    Thats all you need to know about tuning to CGCF. And you've probably heard me say this about a million times before: when you tune that low, you'll need heavier gauge strings that are .005 gauge thicker-per-each-half-step detuned. That means if you use a .105 string for E, you should add .020 (since you're detuning 2 whole steps) and end up witn a .125 gauge. Very simple.
  6. Somewhat on the same topic...

    How can you tell your string gauge on the strings that came on your bass when you bought it?

    Bangin' on
    -The dancin', bongo playin', G. Dubuya B.
  7. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    ok...i dun kno what i was thinkin...if i tuned it up...it would be a higher octave
    and dhc...i do know basics of musics( i took 4 years of music in school)...i just wasn't thinkin

    thanks guys

  8. why don't you just leave it in 'E A D G' ?

    ( Sorry.. just couldn't resist :D )

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