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How to Solve the Problem of the Lacking Basses 4 Months ago Karma: 3  
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How to solve the problem of the lacking bass strings
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another reason why you're lucky if you're the owner of a 13 string alto.


Experience has shown, that difficulties with playing alto arrangements of Baroque lute music are often located at passages with low G(#)s or F(#)s. Why is that so, and is there perhaps a solution to this problem?

An example
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Re:How to Solve the Problem of the Lacking Basses 4 Months ago Karma: 3  
A systematic approach

The basic idea is to apply the respective transposition to the original lute tuning and compare the resulting sequence of notes (sequence 1) with the key conform alto tuning of the resulting arrangement key (sequence 2).

Sequence 1 represents the optimum alto tuning in terms of playability. Any note in sequence 1 that is also found in sequence 2, represents an open lute course that has a correspondent open alto string. The notes in sequence 1 without a counterpart in sequence 2 represent the possibly critical notes, i.e. the notes that are prone to cause difficulties when played on the alto.
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Re:How to Solve the Problem of the Lacking Basses 4 Months ago Karma: 3  
General applicability of the five semitones down method

It has been demonstrated that transposing five semitones down solves the problem of the lacking alto bass strings for lute pieces in A or f# (i.e. key signature 3#).

Does it also work for other key signatures?
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Re:How to Solve the Problem of the Lacking Basses 4 Months ago Karma: 3  
Summary

There is a solution to the problem of the lacking alto bass strings for most relevant keys.

It consists in transposing five semitones down and using key conform alto tuning.

It takes a 13 string alto to cover the resulting range of notes.

In a certain sense when applying this method right hand alto playing gets close to right hand lute playing.

In terms of sound the result is situated about one semitone below the original, provided that the alto is tuned according to the modern concert pitch.


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