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league  
19 Mar 2008 11:20 | Quote
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What ever happenned to standard tuning? Thats all I use. Can anyone name other or all the tunings?
Guitarslinger124  
19 Mar 2008 11:25 | Quote
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i play in drop D tuning which is, low to high: D A D G B E. Its also called Drop D standard. just as drop C, is also called Drop C standard. you can tune each string down a half step or a whole step also. there are many many many different tunings...hard to name them all...
Doz  
19 Mar 2008 12:15 | Quote
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I use standard most often. Once in a blue moon I play in drop D if I want to play something in that tuning. If something is 1/2 flat then I use a program to push it that half step to standard. My main guitar has a locking nut so it's just easier to stick to one tuning as often as possible.

And I really don't want to us my other guitars.
mudnreo  
19 Mar 2008 13:44 | Quote
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There are as many tunings as you can come up with, I have even seen DDDDAD used. almost anything will work as long as the strings are consonant and not dissonant, and even then you could probably come up with something that wotks
Skold  
19 Mar 2008 17:17 | Quote
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I think a lot of people play in drop tuning, and flat tuning is because of two reasons

1: Drop tuning has a harsh grunge sound

2: If a singer isn't that great, the band tunes flat so he/she SOUNDS like he/she can sing.
Doz  
19 Mar 2008 19:01 | Quote
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Lol, nah Skold. Drop tunings just mean that you can hit lower power chords and notes if it's what sounds better in the sequance.

And as for number 2... how does having a different vocal range than one that first perfectly in E standard mean you can't sing? It might be true that they tune flat so that the singer can hit the notes but it doesn't mean the singer can't sing.
JustJeff  
20 Mar 2008 06:23 | Quote
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You need to learn the beauty of open tunings

Open G: DGDGBD
Open D: DADF#AD
DADGAD
Open C: CGCGCE

then again, with electric, it's not necessary to use more than just maybe drop d. For acoustic... it's nice to explore and find some nice sounding tunings.
brodyxhollow  
20 Mar 2008 06:56 | Quote
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good ole DADGAD. that was one of the first open tunings i ever used. correct me if im wrong, but isn't that the tuning for black mountain side?
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20 Mar 2008 13:55 | Quote
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I was using an interesting tuning the other day, the same as what Pearl Jam use for their song "Daughter", low to high, GGDGBE. The two lowest strings are at the same pitch. For a while I had my guitar in Eb tuning but now it's back in standard. I use drop D quite a bit, it's useful for playing low notes that are beyond the normal range on the guitar. I use drop B tuning occasionally, BADGBE, same as standard but the lowest string is a 4th lower, really gives the guitar some serious low-end, and octaves can be played using the conventional 2 string power chord shape on the lowest two strings.
GRX40  
20 Mar 2008 21:43 | Quote
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I tried to tune to what I think was open C tuning, which is what System of a Down uses in a lot of their songs. My high E snapped, though.
Skold  
20 Mar 2008 23:15 | Quote
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Doz says:
Copy and Paste quote here!


Well, maybe if you can't sing in a certain key, the band would just detune (at least that's what some bands do).
les_paul  
21 Mar 2008 11:44 | Quote
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http://eceserv0.ece.wisc.edu/~sethares/alternatetunings/alternatetunings.html

This site shows all the different tuning variations, well maybe not all of them but there are several.
Doz  
21 Mar 2008 13:52 | Quote
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Still Skold, it doesn't mean he can't sing... just that his range is different.
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21 Mar 2008 19:02 | Quote
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Doz says:
Still Skold, it doesn't mean he can't sing... just that his range is different.


Well, maybe saying he can't sing isn't the right way to say it. I probably should have said that he can't sing in a certain range. Actually, I think Aaron Lewis said something to that nature about his singing.
les_paul  
14 Apr 2008 01:51 | Quote
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I was going to post this when this topic was new but I couldn't find the site. I stumbled across it tonight, I know that most of these will never be used but someone might find it useful so here it is.

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ThePusher  
14 Apr 2008 02:08 | Quote
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@ GRX SOAD uses drop C# tuning which is Drop D down a half step.
deefa  
14 Apr 2008 03:29 | Quote
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I think standard or concert tuning as it's sometimes called, exists as much as anything for the purpose of communication between musicians ie. if it's the first tuning everyone learns, then everyone has a basis for exchanging ideas, a point of reference so to speak. I suppose the best example of this need is with airline pilots.If they and the air traffic controllers didn't speak the same language (English in this case) there'd be crashes all over the place!
Skold  
14 Apr 2008 03:30 | Quote
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On guitar, I only play standard tuning. On bass, I play standard tuning (for a five string bass), and standard guitar tuning (EADGB).
les_paul  
14 Apr 2008 10:05 | Quote
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I mostly play in standard tunning but some times I play around whith Drop D tunning.
league  
14 Apr 2008 18:09 | Quote
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I don't like drop D too much because its being used by mainstream so called "metal" or hard rock bands. I can only think of a few guitarists who use drop D tastefully like Children of Bodom's Alexi Laiho and Eddie Van Halen.
TheUndying  
15 Apr 2008 20:16 | Quote
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i think alot of times ( but certainly not always) drop tunings are used for the easy power chords...so that its easier to play cool power chords progs that might be difficult in standard tungin... or cheat as a I think of it ... un less your inexperienced ... but if you a drop tuning as like that don't go brag about being a shredder...I crush people like that in shred-off's

some times i use it if i really can't reach the notes i want- check out the lick i posted it's in drop D...almost impossible to play with out drop D or at least it's supposed to be ... i might have forgot that one minor detail...try to play in in stanard if you feeling strong it's really uhh annoyingto say it politely
blackholesun  
15 Apr 2008 20:29 | Quote
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league says:
I can only think of a few guitarists who use drop D tastefully


Dude, Soundgarden use drop D loads!
league  
15 Apr 2008 20:35 | Quote
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Them too I just forgot to mention them. One of my favorite bands. Kim Thayil and Chris Cornell also use other tunings like in Pretty Noose (one of my favorite songs) but Im too lazy too change my tuning on my strat. I also don't have a chromatic tuner, I just have a standard one that I dont use anymore.
Doz  
16 Apr 2008 02:48 | Quote
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I think there's a lot of bands who use drop D well. I don't see how they can not use it well if it works for what they play, after all, it's just giving the instrument more range.
Notim  
16 Apr 2008 04:10 | Quote
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I.m not a drop d type of guy but I agree with black
deefa  
16 Apr 2008 06:37 | Quote
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Don't you have any barbers in Stoke Doz?
Doz  
16 Apr 2008 10:36 | Quote
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Lol, you on about my hair in the new picture? It's not usually messy and in front of my face. :D
Nutter166  
16 Apr 2008 12:56 | Quote
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You should try my area, the lowest anyone goes into is Drop-D, part from me I'm either Standard-E or Standard-C, sometimes Drop-D/C if I'm playing off of a tab E.G: Warming up on a RATM song.
deefa  
16 Apr 2008 15:07 | Quote
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Jeez! First Doz attacks his hair with a knife and fork, now we've got a Welshman flashing his ginger barnett!!
This site's going to the dogs.Think I'll join UG
EMB5490  
16 Apr 2008 15:11 | Quote
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lol nutter, u look a bit like the guy in harry potter with red hair(forgot his name, i dont watch it, but my younger cousin dragged me to it, so ye..)

ive found tht lots of bands tune down a half step, why is tht?
Nutter166  
16 Apr 2008 15:18 | Quote
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God damn you EMB! Everyone says I look like Ron, I curse that moo moo J.K.Rowling! I curse her so much, the abuse I take after every HP movie is released =(
Deefa, its already gone to the dogs, the old ones like you...

Half-step tuning, it takes the high sparkle of the notes maybe but still keeps them bright enough maybe?
blackholesun  
16 Apr 2008 16:05 | Quote
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Half step tuning makes things just that little bit heavier.
Doz  
16 Apr 2008 16:09 | Quote
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I don't know bhs. I think it's more so the vocalists can make the notes easier.

Deefa: get a picture of you up then and let us judge you. :P
EMB5490  
16 Apr 2008 16:21 | Quote
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lol well its kinda true nutter. also to make u feel better ppl say i look like harry potter...

(i got glasses, his face shape and hair color...so ur not alone, one time, acctually the only one time i went to harry potter, a kid said" look mommy its harry!" im completely serious, it was pretty embarising.)
Nutter166  
16 Apr 2008 16:34 | Quote
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I look less Ron like with my glasses on, but when my hair gets long and messy (like it was today) I look a hell of a lot like Ron >.< I vote we sue the Mormon for all she's worth! Giving us mental damage.
league  
16 Apr 2008 17:58 | Quote
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Funny. I'll join the bandwagon and change my avatar to myself.I think I was the first to picture my actual self on this forum but I thought it looked weird.
EMB5490  
16 Apr 2008 19:21 | Quote
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Nutter166 says:
I vote we sue the Mormon for all she's worth! Giving us mental damage.


i agree, im sick of ppl saying, u know u look like harry potter? my own grandmother even said it!
blackholesun  
16 Apr 2008 19:37 | Quote
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Doz says:
I don't know bhs. I think it's more so the vocalists can make the notes easier.

Deefa: get a picture of you up then and let us judge you. :P


It could be for either reason really. Guns N Roses tuned to Eb, but i wouldn't say Axl Rose had problems hitting high notes.

And from what I can see, Deefa looks very hairy lol
Doz  
16 Apr 2008 20:24 | Quote
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Well, Axl might have been able to hit them... but maybe he felt more confident and comfortable giving him that extra headroom?
EMB5490  
16 Apr 2008 20:59 | Quote
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btw, nice hair doz. i want long hair, but my parents wont let me. say i look like a shaggy dog, its just a expression.

didnt van halen also tune half step down, or did he drop d? what are some other artists(tht i would know)tht drop d?
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