High Bass (AEae) Tuning
I have been searching the discussion archives for information concerning AEae, or “High Bass” tuning. In one particular discussion, the point was made that if you are going to tune your fiddle this way, “you best use steel strings” but no one elaborated as to why. Could someone please explain to me why steel strings would be better when using alternate tunings? I’m assuming it has to do with string’s ability to withstand the extra tension ….
I am currently using Dominants, which my fiddle particularly likes (synthetic core, aluminum wound). Would there be any foreseeable problems in tuning up for a set or two and then back to standard tuning with these strings? I don’t plan on leaving my fiddle tuned this way, nor do I plan on playing in AEae often (I know some old time players have a second fiddle for alternate tunings) – just every once in a while for a set or two…
Also, if you would be so kind as to suggest some tunes that work well in High Bass, I would appreciate it. Foxhunters Reel and Bridge of Bamore seem to be popular AEae tunes… Any others?
Thanks in advance 🙂