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Thread #54176   Message #837426
Posted By: CraigS
29-Nov-02 - 06:14 PM
Thread Name: 5 String Fiddles
Subject: RE: 5 String Fiddles
I have only seen 5 string fiddles used for Indian classical music - there is a famous Indian violinist called simply Shankar. My friend Martin has a six-string electric fiddle which he had made recently - I will ask him about it. Treating the low fifth string as analogous to the intervals on other instruments, it would be sensible to use a tuning of B F# D A E, but I suspect that CGDAE would feel more familiar. I used to play five-string guitar for tunes, and I tuned that D G C G D, but that was so that I could read off fiddle music fairly easily and play sympathetic bass as well.