Playing Bach's Cello Suites on 7 or 8 string gtr in original keys.

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Playing Bach's Cello Suites on 7 or 8 string gtr in original keys.

Post by Conall » Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:46 am

Hi Everyone,

Season's Greetings.

I'm a guitarist & teacher from Aberdeen, Scotland.

I'm presently considering buying or trying out a multi-string classical guitar: anything from 7-11 strings. I have an old baroque lute (for sale if anyone wants to make an offer) which I found too much of a change (v wide right hand span & not great for long RH nails).

I'm initially leaning towards a budget 8 string having been impressed by Drew Henderson's videos. I enjoy Bach, Weiss, Dowland etc.

Interestingly, after having bought Slava Grigorian's Bach cello suites on baritone guitar CD I experimented with playing the suites on a normal guitar tuned to low C, G, D,G,B,E & my conclusion is they almost work i.e. I read the original scores (in bass clef) with this tuning, they mostly sound close to Slava's but of course the low C is just a bit too loose / weak.

So I figure a 7 or 8 string would work well if the lowest string was C. I'm thinking an 8 string tuned to C, D, E, G, D, G, B, E?

Any thoughts - bearing in mind I've a tight budget & initially just experimenting?!

Thanks,

Conall

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Re: Playing Bach's Cello Suites on 7 or 8 string gtr in original keys.

Post by George Crocket » Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:14 pm

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Conall
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Re: Playing Bach's Cello Suites on 7 or 8 string gtr in original keys.

Post by Conall » Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:05 pm

Thanks George!

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