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Posted by Bob the bass player on February 25, 2001 at 09:30:58:
In Reply to: Re: tuning in fifths posted by Dave on February 24, 2001 at 23:04:06:
I would bet the C string would be too floppy.
I was a cellist myself before switching to the electric bass. It was a long time ago but I don't remember there being any problem switching from 5ths to 4ths. In fact playing an instrument tuned in 4ths is a lot easier becuase you can play most scales without shifting when you get out of first position.
It is certainly worth giving the 5ths a try, but you'll probably want to learn the standard tuning anyway at somepoint. Don't forget there's a lot of music written in tablature which will useless to you if you use an alternative tuning.
Good luck and enjoy. I've never regretted making the switch.
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