Bass guitar tuning

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Each bass-guitar tuning assigns pitches to the strings of an electric bass. Because pitches are associated with notes, bass-guitar tunings assign open notes to open strings.

Standard tuning[edit]

Most bass guitars have four strings, which are tuned one octave lower than the lowest pitched four strings of an electric guitar. Thus, the bass guitar's standard tuning is E, A, D, G (lowest to highest string.) [1]

4 String 5 String 5 String


6 String Note Frequency
1 1 C3 130.813 Hz
1 1 2 2 G2 97.999 Hz
2 2 3 3 D2 73.416 Hz
3 3 4 4 A1 55 Hz
4 4 5 5 E1 41.204 Hz
5 6 B0 30.868 Hz

A popular altered tuning is Drop D, which decreases the E string by a whole step downward. This provides a low D, which is desirable for songs in the key of D or G.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Frequencies, Contrabass Mania, retrieved 2010-08-23  External link in |publisher= (help)