six string bass playing

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Posted by fusionman on December 20, 2000 at 03:00:23:

In Reply to: six string bass string problems posted by ping on December 19, 2000 at 15:28:15:

: I have been playing six string bass for about two years now. When I first started on the six stringer I had no knowledge of how to tune it. I figured from my experiance on guitar that it would be the same tuning as a six string guitar. Between that and not having a tuner at the time I ended up tuning my bass as follows, C sharp, F sharp, B, E, A flat, C sharp. Over time I learned to play with my unique tuning and joined a band, My guitarist has to tune his guitar the same way I tune my bass. It seems to work just fine for us except for the fact that my bass strings are kind of tight. Is this bad for my bass? I would like to find strings that are more suitable for for the high tension tuning that I use. I have been using DR steel Lo-Riders. Should I be looking for diferent guage strings? Are there even strings that are made for such tunings? The strings I use work but like I said before they are kind of tight.
: There is one cool thing about the way I tune though, being similar to a guitar tuning I can use the guitar techniques found in any instructional books for lead and rythim guitar and aply them to my bass technique. If anyone has any suggestions or ideas contact me.

Smaller gauge strings aren't so thight. So I recommend you get them as light as possible. But can you really get them smaller than 20-130? I don't know, but anyway. I'd be glad if you could tell me more about playing a six string. Is it a real pain even when you play simple lines? And that sort of stuff. I'm buying a new bass and don't know if I dare to buy a six string or do I have to settle for a five string. I've been playing a four.

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