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What tuning do you use the most(4-string based)

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by ElectroStompbox, Jun 12, 2007.


  1. Standard

    104 vote(s)
    75.9%
  2. Dropped D

    9 vote(s)
    6.6%
  3. Down 1/2 Step

    12 vote(s)
    8.8%
  4. Down 1 step

    9 vote(s)
    6.6%
  5. Down 1/2 step

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Down 2 steps

    3 vote(s)
    2.2%
  1. rockstarbassist

    rockstarbassist Inactive

    Apr 30, 2002
    The Woodlands, TX
    Endorsing Artist: HCAF
    None of those. And you put Down 1/2 step twice. :wat:

    We play in drop C. Drop D, down 1 step.

    I keep all my other basses down 1 step usually to get a better reference and just transpose for "standard" stuff. I love 1 step down.
     
  2. DGCF when playing with my rock band and sometimes standard when not playing with the band.
     
  3. Mayers

    Mayers Guest

    Sep 28, 2007
    On 4 strings I played mostly in standart but as of late I played with cello tuning ( CGDA ) and it is very nice ... I don't understand why bass and double bass ( upright ) don't tune that way like the rest of the violin family ... much bigger range of note
     
  4. knuckle_head

    knuckle_head Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2002
    Seattle
    Owner; Knuckle Guitar Works & Circle K Strings
    Down an octave
     
  5. Just switched to DGCF
     
  6. lowendgenerator

    lowendgenerator

    Mar 26, 2006
    CHI/NWI
    I play in a few tunings; drop c, drop b, BEAD and EADG.
     
  7. rockstarbassist

    rockstarbassist Inactive

    Apr 30, 2002
    The Woodlands, TX
    Endorsing Artist: HCAF
    inb4JUSTGETA5STRINGn00b

    :oops:

    :D

    :lol:
     
  8. ni714

    ni714 Guest

    Apr 19, 2008
    a couple years ago I drop tuned (DADG) for a practice kinda as a joke and my bass hasn't been tuned standard since. Except once when bandmates were jamming on it and tuned it up. I of course wasn't told and didn't realize until half way into the first song at a show.
     
  9. FunkMetalBass

    FunkMetalBass

    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Fifths. I really never play my 4-strings anyway.
     
  10. bassdaddyfive

    bassdaddyfive

    Feb 12, 2009
    Kenosha Wi.
    Standard tuning for me. I have a 5 string, so there is no need for drop tuning.
     
  11. rockstarbassist

    rockstarbassist Inactive

    Apr 30, 2002
    The Woodlands, TX
    Endorsing Artist: HCAF
    lol 2 posts

    i win /thread
     
  12. lowendgenerator

    lowendgenerator

    Mar 26, 2006
    CHI/NWI
    Phooey on you and your 5 string theory. :p I don't like the feel of em, and I almost never play on the .045 anyway.
     
  13. EADG

    We just seemed to do it that way in my original band. For pit-orchestra... i don't feel like re-training my brain to recognize new 'this-note-means-my-fingers-go-here' kinda stuff.

    But, i've been in bands for a significant amount of time that tune to drop D and one that tuned to C standard.

    But, these days, i've totally crossed over to the 5-string side.
     
  14. rockstarbassist

    rockstarbassist Inactive

    Apr 30, 2002
    The Woodlands, TX
    Endorsing Artist: HCAF
    So basically what you're saying is, you just got old and/or lazy...?? :(







    ;)


    I keep pushing my band for C std. I freaking love that tuning.
     
  15. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    The only time I have used other than standard tuning was when I played in a band with a bagpiper. His two sets of pipes were in D and G so I used dropped D tuning for that gig.
     
  16. xUptheIronsx

    xUptheIronsx Conform or Be Cast Out....

    Feb 6, 2010
    C-ville, Col, Ohio
    same here...and then we also drop D for about half the songs..or more correctly drop Db
     
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