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I posted this earlier and didn't get any comments so I am trying a different approach. Has anyone heard of tuning your bajoquinto  up a semitone. Luis Relampago says it will make your bajo sound louder and clearer. This tuning is called Fara Fara  and was used when there is only one accordion to play with and that accordion is in the key of FA. If I heard him correctly he said many songs  are in the key of  G#/ LA bemol.[confused] so this made it easier to accompany the accordion.
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That's interesting. I don't know about that, but as for songs being in the key of G#/Ab... it just depends. Artists tend to stay around certain keys because of the available notes on each accordion, so I think it's a matter of convenience. If you have an accordion in the key of F, the top major scales you'll have available will be F, Bb, Eb, C and Ab. It's likely that many of the songs Luis Relampago plays are in Ab. For me, it's been G, but if you notice they're only a semi-tone away from one another.

Maybe a bajo player with some input will chime in here.

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I've never tried this or heard of this, but with my pretty decent grasp of music and the nature of sound, I would think that tuning a semitone up would make the bajo sexto/quinto "pop" out of the ensemble. Perhaps by essentially highlighting the sound, the bajosexto/quinto would sound more prominent. 

I feel like it's kind of the same principle when tuning accordion reeds. Take a 3 switch accordion, you have one reed tuned to like A440 and then the other tuned to something different( don't quote me on that, I'm not a tuner, I just know the basics). The bigger the difference in frequency the wetter it's going to sound. So, with a wetter sound, the accordion is going to stand out. 

Essentially, you're doing the same thing to the bajosexto. I haven't really heard an isolated example of what this sounds like but I would *imagine* that the bajo sexto would sound just out of tune with the accordion.But maybe it sounds good when executed properly? To each his own, just my 2 cents.

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A little late to the subject but never the less I think what he means if you to tune up the Bajo 1/2 step up for ex, instead of tuning the bottom strings of the bajo to F, You would tune it F# and C to C# etc and instead of playing the normal fret position you would move 1 fret back and accommodate the key you want to play in, The extra tension on the strings makes it sound brighter but you would still be in key. Similar to a guitar using a capo up and and down the neck and using the same finger positioning to play in different keys. However placing extra tension on Bajo strings is ill advised unless you're only recording a song or two, and all that tension makes the bajo that much harder to play.
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