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Offline j2112c

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Does Anyone Play Perfect 4th's Tuning?
« on: January 15, 2010, 02:33:07 PM »
After playing for 25 years I suddenly started in the middle of last year tuning my guitar perfect fourths tuning:
Simply attained by tuning the top strings (b/e) from the 5th fret just as you would the A/D/G strings instead of the 4th fret.

What are the advantages?
Well the pattern you have on the other strings extends right across the board with no single fret steps so it helps you play smoother as it is easier to visualise.
It also allows you to bar whole sections of scale across the top 4 strings, again smoother and quicker.

I almost always play with my eyes closed and this tuning seems to let you really forget about the mechanics of it. I will not go back to normal tuning now unless playing a cover (but you will be surprised how many songs use this tuning.


Try it, see what you think.

One thing I would say is, I do not know if increasing the tension of the top two strings by a semitone (half step) increases the tension by much on the neck, so to counter this I tune to E flat this reduces tension and allows you to use your tuner for the same letters - EADG but as flats.... and the last two strings still tuned at B and E just for ease.

So E flat, A flat, D flat, G flat, B, E.

Bloody hell that was hard work explaining what would take 30 seconds on video.. phew![:p]

If anyone uses this tuning or has an opinion fire away... I have seen tab coming out in 4ths tuning now too.
« Last Edit: January 15, 2010, 02:36:57 PM by j2112c »
 

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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2010, 04:23:31 AM »
I just pickd up a hard tail 7 string Schecter and I'm playing with tunings.
Standard is normal 6 string tuning plus a low B -
however I am playing with "double dropped" (Drop D, Drop A), Drop A only , and get this: BEADF#BE. Why this? well as my visual reference is the low string - this gives me a standard 6 string tuning for the 6 low strings - plus an extra E on top. I can then use most of my already known chord shapes.
i will also try straight 4ths ( as I'm a big Fripp fan - and it works great for him)

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Does Anyone Play Perfect 4th's Tuning?

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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2010, 03:24:18 PM »
Interesting! You picked up a new guitar and started experimenting - I picked up a new guitar (Fly) and did the same.
Dropped tunings and thick strings vibrates places other guitars cannot reach!
Hey I did not know Fripp was a 4ths tuner. I saw him playing a solo set in a small cinema in Ambleside in the Lakes, near where I live... and there were only 40 people max! Great experience, what a player. I saw him 9 days later with David Sylvian at a packed Royal Albert Hall... work that out!?
 

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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2010, 03:56:46 PM »
Stanley Jordan the jazz guitarist noted for two-handed tapping uses EADGCF....
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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2013, 04:03:40 AM »
i will also try straight 4ths ( as I'm a big Fripp fan - and it works great for him)
Hey I did not know Fripp was a 4ths tuner.

Robert Fripp does not play in in all fourths tuning (perfect fourths tuning). Instead, Robert Fripp plays in his new standard tuning (NST),
C-G-D-A-E-G,
which is briefly discussed in this BBC documentary (4 minutes):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6Gn1V97KIQ
NST has four perfect-fifths (and one minor-third).
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2013, 03:47:10 PM »
Wikipedia has articles on all perfect-fourths tuning
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_fourths_tuning,
besides Fripp's new standard tuning,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_standard_tuning
and major-thirds tuning
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_thirds_tuning

They also have links to more resources.
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