I custom-designed my new bass guitar even more. I changed all of the tunings of the strings so that they match the viola. Here’s what happened:
A bass guitar’s tunings are usually in 4th intervals, and the notes of the strings from lowest to highest on a 4-string bass (they can also come with 5 or 6 strings) are typically E, A, D and G. Now, just like the viola, my bass is tuned in 5th intervals, and the notes are C, G, D and A.
I also put on flatwound strings, which I hear are used less because they are slightly less dynamic in sound. But I chose thse because my li’l viola-trained fingertips have callouses that are unique to the viola, and I don’t want to get the monster callouses that come with the regular roundwound strings of the bass as they will interfere with my viola’s needs from my fingertips.
They say that flatwound strings are a bit less dynamic, but in my case things rules don’t always apply because of the circumstances: I have the Reggie Hamilton edition bass, which means I have the incredible ability to change the tones of the bass internally as it in itself is a dynamic bass. I also have multiple effect processors to run the guitar through that can manipulate the sound.
There will be no lack of dynamics in this camp, because there are no rules.