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Jun 16, 2021 - 10:29:17 AM
332 posts since 2/23/2019

I'm working on a classical piece (Vivaldi's opus 3/concerto 6 in A minor) that has its lowest note at a bass G. I thought about just taking those up an octave but wondering if I could just lower the 4th string down from a D to G if I could make the rest of the arrangement work with fretting? Not sure if it would be best to change the gauge of the string, I think it's at a .024 right now. Any advice would be appreciated.

Jun 16, 2021 - 11:00:31 AM
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I think it depends on the context. Tuning down will usually give a rather floppy sound. I think it may be better to play an octave higher, and I think nobody will be able to hear that you are cheating. In this case I think it would sound better if you you play the low G, A and B notes one octave higher because then the h high notes still will be within the range of the surrounding notes.

Also remember that the Opus 3 is a "concerto" for several instruments, and you are only playing one of the instruments - I guess that the banjo part you are playing is based on the 1st violin., so in Vivaldi's composition there are a lot of notes that you don't play.

Jun 16, 2021 - 2:09:48 PM
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If I am not mistaken, this piece was discussed a while back in the "Theory" forum, and the consensus seemed to be to play the low G, A, and B notes an octave higher.

Finding a string gauge that sounds good in that low range will be virtually impossible. It'll eithr be too floppy, or if it's heavy enough to not be, it will sound like a garage door spring rather than a banjo string, and will most likely be un-tunable.

Edited by - G Edward Porgie on 06/16/2021 14:13:20

Jun 16, 2021 - 2:58:33 PM

332 posts since 2/23/2019

Thanks yes I asked it in other forum and now just exploring any other options. Sounds like I'll stick to the octave higher strategy. And yes I'm playing the violin portion.

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