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Sam Werbalowsky

 

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New York, USA
Post  Posted 8 Jun 2020 11:26 am    
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I just impulsively bought a 6 string Gretsch G5700 used so I can have something I can travel with or mess around on when I'm away from the pedal steel. I'd like some sort of 6th tuning to play western swing and some simple jazz melodies.

Can someone recommend a tuning and some possible string gauges?
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Fred


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Amesbury, MA
Post  Posted 8 Jun 2020 1:04 pm    
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How about C6
E C A G E C high to low
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Sam Werbalowsky

 

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Post  Posted 8 Jun 2020 2:03 pm     C6
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That seems good to me, and was something I thought I should try. Thank you!
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Jack Hanson


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San Luis Valley, USA
Post  Posted 8 Jun 2020 2:43 pm    
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Fred wrote:
How about C6
E C A G E C high to low

That's the tuning you want, Sam. Same as removing the 1st, 8th, 9th, & 10th strings from your pedal steel (assuming you're playing a D-10, of course).
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Jim Mckay

 

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Post  Posted 8 Jun 2020 2:44 pm    
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The low C can be droped a full tone to Bb flat for a jazzier sound. or up half tone to C# for C6th/A7th. without having to change string gauges.
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Gene Tani

 

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Post  Posted 9 Jun 2020 9:00 pm    
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Andy Volk's slide rules book has lots of tuning ideas https://www.amazon.com/Slide-Rules-Tunings-Bottleneck-Resophonic/dp/0976070545

Also highly recommend his Exploring c6 book especially if you haven't been playing slants, behind bar bends etc.
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