Conall wrote: ↑
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:08 pm
I like the idea of cello tuning (with the extra 2 normal 1st & 2nd) more than the effect, at least on my guitars. Do you have any particular brand type & tension you recommend for this? I'm a bit nervous of tuning the 3rd G up to A. And the C? On my 8 string I tried CdeGDgAe where 2nd is a B tuned down to A - but it sounds pretty poor.
Using cello tuning in any form obviously has the advantage of matching the open string pedal notes prevalent in the cello suites but makes legato playing (between strings because of the larger stretches) & chords more difficult.
You'll be laughing, but I'm using Daddario EJ46 LP (lightly polished) with a caffee brown compostite g, a seaguar Premier 0.71mm b and Aquila Nylgut e LT. Because some of the strings are below their nominal tension, I have no qualms about tuning the g to a; as long as the net tension of the whole doesn't exceed the usual and the tension isn't distributed to unevenly from side to side I don't see a problem; I'm doing this for quite a long time and never had any problem. Of course, the guitar must kind of support the deep C, nut my Stenzel Enhanced Wood Cedar takes it easily, even down to B below E6, which I also use a lot. For my ears it sound much better not to use extra fat strings for the deep C, somehow the slack C sounds more resonant and interesting in my ears than a usual guitar C string.
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