#1
i wasn't really sure where to put this but i thought it would go best here. i have been playing with some guys for a while now and we have never had a bass player. today, we are going to have someone playing bass and as the majority of the songs we play are in drop d, i was wondering if you are supposed to tune the bass to drop d as well. thanks in advance.
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#2
Uhh, yeah. If he has a 5 string, he technically won't need to, but if you're one of those guys that tunes to drop D and therefore everything is in the key of D and there are open D's left right and centre, you'll want to drop D on bass too. Especially if he's following guitar lines.
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#3
Yes, otherwise he won't be able to play a low d or D# root if you guys play a low D or D# chord.
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#4
yes, yes you are.

in fact you have the freedom to choose other tunings too.
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#5
usually, but its what ever the bass player feels like doing. When you play bass its all about the easiest access to individual notes, so it just depends on what and how you play. I am a bass player and I match the guitars, but some ppl don't.
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#7
of course cause when you play open notes he'd be playing E and you'd be playing D and that wouldnt sound to good
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#8
okay guys, thanks a lot. i have never really played that much with a bass before so i didn't know.
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#9
feel free man! all a bass is is a guitar without the b an high e string. (just with a lower sound and thicker strings). a song wont sound right if everything except the bass is in drop d.
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#10
feel free man! all a bass is is a guitar without the b an high e string. (just with a lower sound and thicker strings). a song wont sound right if everything except the bass is in drop d.
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of course cause when you play open notes he'd be playing E and you'd be playing D and that wouldnt sound to good


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Its his choice. If he's not just going to double the guitar lines (which sounds oh so likely... ) then it doesn't matter, but if he's going to double guitar lines exactly he probably should tune to D, as I assume you tune to D so that every song is in D and uses the open D a lot.
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