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Dennis Masuzzo: Playing the Double Bass Tuned in Fifths
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Dennis Masuzzo: Playing the Double Bass Tuned in Fifths
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In the article "Quintessential Quarrington" that appeared in the fall 1998 issue of double bassist, Joel Quarrington explained the advantages of playing the double bass tuned in fifths (C-G-D-A) instead of the traditional tuning in fourths (E-A-D-G). Quarrington, Principal Bassist of the Toronto Symphony, described how tuning in fifths could improve intonation, make the instrument respond faster, and provide a simple means of achieving low C without an extension. Using a combination of solo- and orchestral-tuning strings, I experimented with fifths tuning on an inexpensive plywood bass. There was a consonant overtone resonance of open strings and harmonics I had never expected—I was hooked.

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