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Well, a few weeks ago I was playing 'Portrait of Tracy' and I was thinking about changing tuning to get different harmonics. About half an hour I spent fiddling with my tuning, until I decided on a cello tuning (one octave below).

I thought the tuning in fifths sounded pretty cool (I made a song exclusively of harmonics, will post it in a few days), so I was just wondering, what do you guys do with your tunings? Do you keep it pretty basic or do you purposely put it out a semitone or two to try and push yourselves? Do you know of any other bassists who use obscure tunings to change their sound?
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#2
Bass player from meshuggah raises a semi-tone beacause the guitars are down a 7th. Sounds so mean with distortion.
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#3
Placebo bassist also raises his tuning, I think a whole step. Just be careful tuning from low to high so often, you'll break your strings,
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#4
tune everything to E
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I got bored and tried playing GDAE once... not suggested. but certainly was an eventful 2 hours.
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I'm gonna get a six string bass with incredibly light string guages and tune it to E A D G B E like a guitar, but it's a bass, lol. It'll basically be a 4 string with two higher strings, and that way I won't have to memorize seperate scales for guitar and bass.
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Quote by Cody_Grey102
I'm gonna get a six string bass with incredibly light string guages and tune it to E A D G B E like a guitar, but it's a bass, lol. It'll basically be a 4 string with two higher strings, and that way I won't have to memorize seperate scales for guitar and bass.


It isn't hard to extend a scale below the root. It'll be much more beneficial to your playing if you do, as you can transfer that across the fretboard. The guitar having that gimpy B and E instead of C and F confuses things up more than a low B ever will.
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Quote by Deliriumbassist
It isn't hard to extend a scale below the root. It'll be much more beneficial to your playing if you do, as you can transfer that across the fretboard. The guitar having that gimpy B and E instead of C and F confuses things up more than a low B ever will.



Two things.

I think hes just doing it cause he already knows guitar scales.

The other is that guitar is set up like it is so you can play a scale in a closed position 2 octaves with no shift.
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Quote by rollininrhythm
Two things.

I think hes just doing it cause he already knows guitar scales.

The other is that guitar is set up like it is so you can play a scale in a closed position 2 octaves with no shift.


I know exactly why a guitar is set up like that, thanks. And learning to extend below a scale can be useful everywhere on the fretboard, so it's worth learning. If you can play across two scales, you can go below the root anywhere.
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Quote by Cody_Grey102
I'm gonna get a six string bass with incredibly light string guages and tune it to E A D G B E like a guitar, but it's a bass, lol. It'll basically be a 4 string with two higher strings, and that way I won't have to memorize seperate scales for guitar and bass.

So like a Fender Bass VI?

I want something like that, though a 7 string (BEADGBE one octave below a standard guitar)


As for tuning, I like to tune to a different standard (instead of A-440, I prefer A-432)
when I tune just by ear, I end up going closer to the second pitch
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