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Drop D Tuning, or Buy A Five String?

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Posted by Rob on February 20, 2001 at 13:18:25:

My question simply is this, I now play gospel music in my church,very different style from my previous Metal Madness. Most of the tapes they give me to learn the bass is OBVIOUSLY playing a rumbling 5 String, I have cloned this by tuning down either a whole or half step, but when I do this I tune all four strings, my delima is Im not familur with a D tuner, being it just tunes down the E string, therfore finding the relative octive harder? or is it just something you have to adjust to? This is why I tune all 4 strings down, but im trying to do away with that, so would someone suggest what is more feasable in the long run, a Drop D tuner, or another bass. Then I have to learn the B string, uggg.
I appreciate all comments on the Five string bass imperticular, because I am so in the dark with these monsters, Im trying now after all these years of fooling with the bass, to learn the instrument.
Thank you.

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