#1
So, I have been in my local scene for a while and I noticed by talking to a lot of bassists from other bands... We all play in dropped tunings, I guess that is the cool thing to do these days?

My band plays in drop B my tuning is (B Gb B E) Now I know other bands play in the same tuning but their bassists play in (B A D G or B E A D) Is this just a matter of preference or am I the one who is in the wrong?

And what are the benefits to playing in those tunings versus the same tuning as your guitarist?
#2
If you use the same tuning as the guitarist you could mimic his riffs easier. Personally it annoys me to use a drop tuning, screws my scales and only to the guitarist can make onefingerpowerchords.

BADG confused me, but BEAD always is a nice option, I like my basses in fourths all the way. Use what makes you more comfortable to your hands and ears.
Last edited by watchingmefall at Dec 31, 2008,
#3
That tuning is correct. You are essentially playing in "drop D" only down a step and a half. So, you are tuning your bass down a step and a half and then dropping the E string to a B.

Other bassists drop ALL of their strings down three steps. Its just a matter of preference. With your method, your upper strings are going to sound much more defined and less clanky.


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#4
You can tune to either of those and be fine - they're both known and accepted for the most part.

As far as preference, personally - I like to tune down when I'm playing alone, but when I play with a band, I don't like to go much lower than D or Db. It gets muddy after that unless you use almost no gain.
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#5
Everyone's right so far. Either tuning is fine. I record in standard, but then tune to B E A D for anything that would normally require a 5-string.


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#6
Thanks a lot, but as far as tone goes, is the tuning from BEAD Vs. BGbBE going to be that big of a dramatic difference minus the fact of course that your scales are going to be everywhere?