Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by auswald, Jul 13, 2003.

  1. auswald


    Jan 23, 2001
    i like to play a lot of weezer and greenday songs, but the tuning for the is eb, ab, db, gb, and i was simply wondering how you would tune your bass like that on an eletric tuner? ohh please no one tell me to search the archives.
  2. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    If you can't do it by ear (which may take time for you to "learn"), you'll need a chromatic tuner. I use a Sabine STX1100. Works like a charm.

    Rock on!


  3. Ben Mishler

    Ben Mishler

    Jan 22, 2003
    San Jose
    At least on my tuner, which as far as I know is just a normal tuner...it gives me the option of tuning to the flat or sharp of a note, just by pressing the mode button. For your refernce its just a BOSS TU-70 tuner that cost me around $20.
  4. Or when i have to play stuff thats tuned down half a step, i play everything one fret back... AKA if you have to play an E (7th fret on the A) i play the 6th fret on the A string... etc


  5. Stephen S

    Stephen S Member

    Apr 10, 2002
    San Bernardino, CA
    if you tuner is one of those tuner that will only let you tune BEADGC then hold the first fret down when you tune.
  6. Ziggy


    May 9, 2001
    Orange County, CA
    I second Merlin's suggestion; keep your bass tuned to standard E,A,D,G and learn the song accordingly... ie: play it in flat keys.

    As for "fretting the string at the first fret"... as long as your 'fretting' is precise and doesn't pull, push or bend the note.

    Personally, for what's it's worth, whenever I've had to play similarly tuned songs - Meredith Brooks or Sheryl Crow for example - I would do as Merlin suggests; play a half-step down and let the guitarist/s deal with tunings and capos...

    michael s.
  7. ok heres what you do

    tune the 6th fret of the low e string to the a string thiis will bring thee string down to e flat and then tune the a string to the 5th fret of the e as you normaly would ten tune d dtring to 5th fret of a string and g string to 5th fret of d , pat yourself on the back cause you have successfully tuned your bass to Eb Ab Db Gb

    and just playing 1 fret back will not work cause you will have to play open notes in some songs and you cant go back 1 fret