Wulf's Webden

The Webden on WordPress

Retuned

Shortly before I bought my electric upright bass, I restrung my six string Sei bass with lighter gauge strings tuned a minor third higher than normal. Most six string basses are tuned B – E – A – D – G – C. I found that I was rarely dipping below the D on the B string and that I was often chording, where skinnier, higher pitched strings work better so I had bought a new set of strings and retuned the instrument D – G – C – F – Bb – Eb.

I can play basic stuff without too many problems. In a band situation, where I have lots of reference points to key off and am mainly playing monophonic lines (where I can think about the relationship of different notes, like “up a fourth” and “down a tone”, to keep my place). However, I have had a couple of times when it has felt like I was an absolute beginner again. In a more pressured situation – like last night when I was trying to support the service we had at church as the only harmony instrument and leading the music at the same time – my lack of firm mental map of the newly configured fingerboard has been a problem.

Therefore, I might go a bit blog-lite this week because I’m leading again at church next Sunday morning and I really do feel the need to put in some more practise time on the six string (while also keeping my upright chops developing).

Want to add something? Please join the conversation about this posting (nb. Yahoo! account required to log into Flickr).

Technorati Tags:

Comments are closed.