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Double C Tuning definitely does not "suck"- it's a useful tool!

Posted by banjopogo on Saturday, November 6, 2010

I went to reply to the "Does Double C Tuning Suck" thread, and discovered it had gotten locked...

good going, guys!!! (imagine a "rolling eyes" icon...)

Anyway, what I wanted to say was this.  I love 2C's tuning (really play it more capoed or tuned up in D) but I recognize that each tuning has it's strengths and weaknesses.

I think 2C's is strong on the ease of getting melody notes, especially drop thumbed melody notes.  It's also a great tuning for playing the many fiddle tunes in D with fiddlers if you are focusing on the melody.  If you capo it up to D, most of the strings even relate to how the fiddle is tuned, so you could even learn to read the fiddler's fingerings.

However, if a banjo player is more oriented towards chords "Standard" C seems like a more natural choice.  I can see how a chord-oriented banjo player might prefer "Standard C" over 2 C's in that regard.  If I wanted to do arpeggiated chord backup, I might consider Standard C for that.

So it's not a question of one being bad and the other good- it's just a matter of using the right tool for the job.  That being said, for the way I want to play banjo most of the time, 2 C's IS the best tool for the job.

2 comments on “Double C Tuning definitely does not "suck"- it's a useful tool!”

Ks_5-picker Says:
Sunday, November 7, 2010 @7:15:22 AM

I started out learning the Tony Furtato arrangement of "I will". I think it took me a couple years to get it down pat. After noodling around in that tuning I've written maybe 7 or 8 songs in that's beautiful tonally,to me. Especially suited to slower tunes.

Cosectarger Says:
Thursday, December 26, 2019 @10:06:25 PM

Double C tuning definitely does not suck it's a useful tool. Some of us think it is not useful for us but mostly said that we can easily use it and when we start to us it's whole buy custom essay in that time we can easily understand working for useful tools and it's really important ever.

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