#1
Hi. Um, first of all, sorry if this is posted in the wrong forum. This seemed like the logical place to go.

Recently I've been listening to Dream Theater - Panic Attack a lot (great song ), and after getting the bass tab I realised it was on a 6 string. I only have (2) 4-string basses, and reckon even if I wanted to get another, my parents wouldn't let me. And it seems a little silly.

However, after looking at the guitar pro tab, there seems to be no notes too high and only a few notes too low. i.e. There's a few parts of the song playing open/1st/2nd/3rd frets on the B string.

Without having to get new strings specifically for a 5 string and restring, can I *safely* tune my E-string down to B? If not, I've gone down to a C and that's sounded fine. Does it really make that much of a difference to the sound if you play a few notes a semitone off?

Either way, I just hope that retuning the E-string doesn't make a load of the notes impossible to play.

Thanks.

-Mark.
#2
You can safely do it, but it won't sound to good. Why not try playing the notes up an octave higher?
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I'm not familiar with the song, but playing a 5th off or an octave up would be better than a semitone or 2.
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Okay.

Just for clarification, and my lacking music theory: by a 5th off, you mean 5 notes off? (Either that, or the fifth of the chord?)

I found a 4-string tab from somewhere, and the notes that were unplayable seem to be shifted a lot (I take it an octave).

Thanks for the very quick replies.

-Mark.
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Play it a fourth up.. this is just 1 string up in standard tuning. So for a note that's written on the E string, play it on the A string... yeah it won't sound exactly right but you will at least be able to play it in one way.
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Just for clarification, because no one else has mentioned this in response to your OP: never play anything a semitone off. It's the worst possible note for you to choose: eg, don't play a C# because it's 'close enough' to a C. It doesn't work that way

If it was me, I'd go for the octave up, but sometimes you can find a fourth or fifth sounds good.

EDIT: And I don't mean raise the whole thing an octave, just the notes that you can't reach.

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Okay.

Just for clarification, and my lacking music theory: by a 5th off, you mean 5 notes off? (Either that, or the fifth of the chord?)

I found a 4-string tab from somewhere, and the notes that were unplayable seem to be shifted a lot (I take it an octave).

Thanks for the very quick replies.

-Mark.


5th of the major scale. so the 5th of E would be B and the 5th A would be E etc.

As I (and other people said) just going an octave up would be easier, I was just suggesting something else to play around with.
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Okay. Think I've got it.

Thanks everyone for the replies, appreciated.

Guess the next step is attempting to get some kind of speed on it.

-Mark.