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Alternate tunings
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New Hampshire
January 7, 2014 - 10:49 pm
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Was wondering if anybody ever tunes to perfect fourths, similar to bass guitar or double bass. For violin, strings would be G, C, F, Bb (or A, D, G, C)


I ask this because i have played bass guitar in the past, so I am used to 5 half-steps between the strings instead of 7 half-steps in standard violin tuning. 


What I have seen myself doing in the two weeks I have been playing is thinking the interval between the strings are a fourth and placing my fingers accordingly, lot of notes somewhere in-between such as half sharps and half flats.


Going to continue with standard tuning for now, might as well learn the right way, in case I ever play with an orchestra (ha ha) and I don't want to buy a bunch of strings to experiment.

Michigan, USA

January 8, 2014 - 1:52 am
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I'm sure you can tune it at any intervals you like, but it's going to make it a bit more difficult when it come's to playing from sheet music unless you know the exact finger placement or if someone asked if they could play your violin, they'd be lost by the unorthodox tuning. 

Just my opinion: smile



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