Music is the food for the soul, indeed! None of us can go through life without some music. In fact, most of us need some music every single day! That is why everyone loves musicians. They create happiness! A Bass Guitar can add a little groove to your drum and bass. Our focus today is on bass guitars, specifically the 5 string bass, and how you can tune it without problems.
Now, as a musician, it is very important to learn how to use the musical instrument right. It is also crucial to learn how to take care of it. Tuning is a major aspect of this process, especially for stringed instruments.
Tuning revolves around the pegs. You should tighten or loosen them until you get the perfect pitch. As a general rule, please remember that when you tighten the peg, the pitch goes up. When you loosen it, it falls.
It is important that you tune your bass guitar before you play it. Every single time. It should become a practice to first tune the guitar and then play it even if you do it every day. The reason behind this is that the bass won’t stay in tune all the time. You have to check, adjust, play, repeat.
Thankfully, it is a very simple process and does not take more than a couple of minutes.
How to tune a 5-string bass
You can tune from highest to lowest or vice versa. A 5-string bass has one additional string when compared to the 4-string bass. The extra string can be for an extra lower pitch or an extra higher pitch.
Most guitarists start from lowest to highest. So this is how it goes – B, E, A, D, and G. You have 5 lower notes when you follow this. If you want higher notes, you get E, A, D, G, and C.So, the way you tune depends on your musical requirements.
Easiest ways to tune a 5-string bass
Depending on your proficiency, you can either tune by trusting your ear or tune by using a tuner.
By the ear
You need a reference note to compare and tune your guitar with. This can be a tuning fork or another tuned instrument. Listen to it carefully and tune the strings. The art of understanding pitch just by listening comes with practice. Proficient musicians are able to do it with ease. But if you are a beginner, it is best to use a tuner.
By the tuner
Clip-on tuners are very popular. You need to clip them to the guitar and play each string individually. The tuner will tell you if it is too sharp or too flat, enabling you to tighten or loosen the peg.
Remember to only buy a high-quality tuner because regular ones don’t pick up E.
Tip: If you don’t have a tuner, you can also download a tuning app on your smartphone and use it to tune your 5-string bass.
That’s it! We hope we lived up to our promise of providing an easy solution. If you have any more doubts, please feel free to talk to us.