Do you tune the G up to match the D or do you tune it down to an octave of the D? I've tried dropping the pitch and had a really noodly string, but usable. While it seems that I should be able to tune the G up, the prospect makes me uncertain.
Tuning it up would seem to be WAY more tension than the G string was designed for, you will exceed Young's modulus, stretch out the string, and have a qwonky string on your fiddle.
I have not tried it though, except maybe in my younger days trying to reuse strings, might have put the wrong string on and tuned 'er up. Qwonky.
Edited by - gapbob on 06/13/2022 14:12:44
That means either tuning down or substituting a D string for the G. I hope Young's modulus is feeling better.
You tune the G string down to an octave below the D string. Two tunes most notably played in this tuning are "Bonaparte's Retreat" and "Midnight on the Water," but Luther Strong used it for this recording of "Ways of the World." slippery-hill.com/content/ways-world
You can hear it down there.
Tune down but for me it's such a sloppy sound I can't deal with it. Might work out on some fiddles, but mine goes into infinite, wide-vib, super bass and sloppy mode and I just can't do it.
Might depend on the type of string and possibly the fiddle - maybe better with heavier strings. Its supposed to suggest the drone of the bagpipes in "Bonaparte's." I played a double fiddle version of "Midnight on the Water" in a theater production, but we were both in standard.
You can still get some of the same cool intervals in ADAD too
I always use heavy strings...but I play a pretty robust modern instrument...as in not a 100 year old vintage fiddle.
The heavy strings make a big difference in the “sloppiness” of the tuned down G string. It’s actually very playable.
Makes the aforementioned Bonaparte’s and the beautiful Midnight on The Water sound majestic. I have a CD by Benny Thomasson. In the liner notes he says he remembers his uncle and father writing Midnight on The water in DDAD.
Tune down the G string to D. Yes, the string is noodly. In fact, DDad tuning is sometimes called "Floppy D tuning" by old timers.
On another note - regarding the noodliness of the tuning, it is actually a homage to our Noodly Master, the Flying Spaghetti Monster. He shows Himself in many ways. May you be touched by his noodly appendage. ---RAmen
Definitely tune down and then it takes some practice to manage the floppy, but it is definitely manageable.
I play a number of DDad tunes, all of the ones mentioned plus Whiskey Before Breakfast, Dry and Dusty (two versions), Cruel Willy, Spotted Pony and Washington's March.
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