Nashville tuning, off to an interesting start

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  1. MrClint

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    Give it a try. The strings are like $4 on Amazon. Get a couple of packs if you are a thumper like me. :)
     
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    hard for show, soft for go... if you are a 'hard player' you will need to change gauges or you'll pop that g.
     
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    Yeah, the G is like dental floss. I'll probably need a different string set. It's a journey right? Was hoping for an easy Uber ride. ;)
     
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    I ordered up some GHS 11-20 Nashville High tuning strings. Pricier but might be worth the extra money. Unless I pop another G string on the D'Addarios, I should have a sound sample recorded soon.
     
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    you'll get there! it will be cool... and then you'll want a tic tac bass... it is so fun to get all those sounds and put them to gether!
     
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    Sounds like, the way you play it might be better to use a standard G string and just tune the 3 bass strings up. You could then play your lead licks on all 3 treble strings.

    Never done it myself - just a thought.
     
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    One other variation I've heard of is tuning only your third (G) string up to the pitch of
    G at first string, third fret. I've never tried it, though.
    Obviously, you need a string light enough to make this work.
     
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    Just get a mando and get it over with! They're a lot more fun.
     
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    Smart question, smart answers. A guy I play with tried it for a while. To me, it sounded thin and washed out, like a zither. Why play a big old guitar if you don't want bottom?

    But music is for fun, so why not have some fun with your strings? Anything's worth a try.
     
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    here is my favorite recording with ray edenton playing a bunch of hi strung geetar along with 12's and 6's... it is that airy sound that is so sweet... and Nicky Larson making me smile after all these years... what a gem she was!

    on its own, it would be like a relish sammich... you still want the hot dog, right?
     
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    Very pro-sounding, and it fits Neil's voice. Hard to top Ian and Sylvia for pretty songs though, though!
     
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    Nashville tuning is more common in rock music than many might think. You'll hear it on "Wild Horses" by the stones, "Hey You" by Pink Floyd, and according to the producer Warren Huart, those 12 string Ric sounds (actually teles with Nashville tuning) on some of the Tom Petty tracks:

    He explains why Nashville tuning is a great alternative to a 12 string guitar because of better single note articulation.
     
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    I remember a David Gilmour interview where he described a Pink Floyd song that he sees transcribed, and sees people playing, in weird and difficult ways, when he did it with Nashville tuning and pretty much straight up-and-down arpeggios.
     
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    Haven't popped another G string yet after replacing the one that broke. It's been a few days. Hoping it was just one of those things.

    As promised, I recorded some Nashville tuned rhythm and lead for this track (towards the end):
     
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    I play in a duo/trio with my fiancee and she plays acoustic on a few tunes. I took her cheapie Yamaha acoustic electric and strung it with a Nashville set. By itself it sounds weird but in a performance setting with another guitar it really adds a nice shimmer. Sounds like a big giant 12 string. She's not sure she likes it but I do :D.
     
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    @Ignatius - Shimmer is a good description of the sound. I have no desire to get a 12 string acoustic now.
     
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