DDAD (new discussion)

Hi all,

Thought I would start a new DDAD thread in the correct category. Several musicians admitted that the DDAD didn’t really work for them, either. (G string winds up being too loose or floppy)

Has anyone had success with the DDAD tuning? If so, hold you share your experiences? Thanks!



  • Also known as Dead Man's Tuning. I play only 4 songs in this tuning so far. Midnite On the Water, Bonaparts Retreat (2 different versions) and Drunken Hiccups. The droning sounds you achieve are remarkable. You must be very light with the bow or its possible to throw your tuning off because of the G string dropped down to D. Experiment with this tuning you will not be sorry. Good luck and happy fiddlepicking !!!

  • @captnoisy2007@hotmail.com thanks! When you first experimented with the Dead Man's tuning, the G down to a D didn't feel loose, and unable to resonate? Maybe I'm just used to a certain "feel" of the bow to the string. I've tried several times, and it just didn't feel right. Maybe I was too heavy on the bow. I'll try it again. Thanks for the feedback!

  • I haven't had much luck with DDAD...the low string feels floppy to me and bugs me. I play those tunes on ADAD instead...and if you slide up you can still get the cool sound that you get from DDAD sometimes...it's just what I use instead. It might depend on the fiddle or the strings or something, but does not really work for me.

  • Same here... it's just a slack string! It can sound cool though.

  • So, it seems like we all struggle with DDAD.... surely SOMEbody SOMEwhere is able to use this successfully--so what are THEY doing that we're not? Of course, I've not had the chance to use @captnoisy2007@hotmail.com suggestion with the light-handed bowing. To put Midnight on the Water along with Bonaparte's Retreat would be wonderful. Love those tunes. I plan on staying home for the next couple of weeks and get myself ready for work (HA!) so maybe I can try then.

  • Lisa, if you figure out the secret to DDAD playing...well I, for one, am listening!

  • @cricket Found the secret!! Well, it worked for me, anyway...

    What I did was tune the G string down to Db, or maybe even C, where it really had some slack, then I tuned it back "up" to the D. Maybe it tricked the fiddle into thinking it was higher than it thought--or maybe it tricked my own mind LOL!

    I found I didn't have to tune the E string to D in order to play Midnight on the Water. It really sounded good, I thought.. I want to add Bonaparte's Retreat, but I need to get the sheet music side by side... its REALLY cooL!

    Try it--maybe it'll work for you! Let me know!


  • That sounds like a good idea...I will try it!

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