View Full Version : Bass Tuning Question - ?

10-14-2007, 05:12 AM
Hello! I'm not sure if i'm posting this in the right spot, if not i apologize. Ok here goes.

I usually keep my 4-string bass in Standard tuning. I can almost do it exactly by ear in fact because I didn't keep changing it for one or two songs here or for band try outs. However, the only other tuning i'm familiar with is Drop C/D A friend of mine said he plays in "Standard D" and yet another friend says he plays in Drop D Half Step. I don't know what Standard D is, but I'm guessing Drop D Half Step is D, Gb , Cb, Fb ??? Doesn't look exactly right to me. If someone could give me the letters for each one of these tunings, it would really make my day =) And on a side note, the tuner that is built into The Digitech Bass Pedal BP50 --- sucks almost as much as the effects pedal. I bought a 20$ cheap charlie tuner and it works 100x better than my 100$ pedal/tuner. yuck


Standard D
Drop D Half Step! (I assume its not just D A D G)
Drop C (I thought you just drop E -> C but someone told me no)

Thanks in Advance!

10-14-2007, 02:35 PM
Speaking as a bass player, I've never heard of these - I suggest you ask on the bass forum.

I would guess "standard D" means normal tuning (standard EADG), down a whole step: D-G-C-F.
And "drop D half-step" would be drop D (D-A-D-G) a half-step down - that makes most sense as a tuning anyway: Db-Ab-Db-Gb.