If my 8 string was good enough to want to play it all the time (it's a student guitar not a luthier made )I might try what you suggest but I've invested heavily in trying to get used to the 11 string in its present tuning - in that I've arranged and am learning music by Bach, Weiss, Dowland & normal 6 string guitar pieces on it & don't want to change now (I'd have to re-arrange some of the pieces / lose out on some of those wonderful low basses).RobMacKillop wrote: ↑Wed May 22, 2019 11:43 amI tried that on an 8-string, same tuning you mention, and found it a real pain. But you might think otherwise. Of course, I had been spoiled by playing real baroque lutes, which most certainly coloured my opinion of the 8-string. I suggest you play all your regular repertoire on your 8-string, and tune your 11-string relative to Dm baroque tuning, though it would be very low in pitch.
You can also get individual D'Addaro strings to get diameters between those regular set strings. Ascertain the diameter of the regular string by looking at the "full set" information. Then you can go up or down from that in the individual string selection.My initial thoughts are (strings 1-8):
f=E 1st low tension up a semitone,
d=E 1st high tension down a tone,
a=B 2nd high tension down a tone
f=G 3rd extra high tension down a tone
d=D 4th normal tension as is
a=A 5th normal tension as is
g=A 5th high tension down a tone
c=C 8th normal tension (on the guitar at the moment).
Rob & others who know more of Dm tuning etc than myself will be able to confirm but I believe Dm tuning on your alto should work well with the appropriate strings.soltirefa wrote: ↑Wed May 22, 2019 2:02 pm
PS. I have been thinking of getting the strings necessary to string up my 11-string alto guitar in D minor tuning. My only reservation is I am reluctant to divert my time and focus to learning to read tab and new pieces. My curiosity whether it would work is very high though.