Thierry Barbe talks about Solo-tuning

Thierry Barbe, principal doublebass of the Opera National de Paris and professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Paris talks about the use of solo-tuning and how it gives the right quality of sound to solo works for the doublebass.  The set of strings he uses are tuned F#, B, E, A instead of the normal E, A, D, G tuning.  In my experience, solo strings not only sound higher, but they give a brightness and ‘edginess’ to the sound that orchestral tuning lacks.  They are great for projection in performance of concertos and solo pieces with orchestra, or just with piano.  Another different type of tuning was also common during the classical era.  This was called with Viennese tuning, which is a topic I’d like to write about in future posts.


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