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Anybody tune down a whole step?

dmr34

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Quite a few threads about tuning down a half step... Does anybody (meaning your band) tune down a whole step, just to make the vocals that much easier?
 

Echoplexi

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We tune down to c# but not specifically for the singer. It's just common in our genre
 

greenhilander

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We do but only to play the songs in the proper keys. We do a few Volebeat songs. Guitars are tuned to straight D. Not to make it easier for the vocalist. I'm a stickler about playing covers as they are on the recording. Yea I lug a lot of axes to shows. We even do some drop B stuff.
 

ripple

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I just started doing this with one of my Strats, for personal use/goofing off at home, and it's a neat change. Gives the guitar an faux-baritone tonality, and once I adjusted to the string tension, I found myself REALLY liking it.

Almost too much actually, considering our band would never consider tuning down as a unit.

I love to grab the "D" strat for surf guitar, swampy stuff and any Robin Trower.
 

Yer Blues

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I use to play off/on with a cover band who would tune down to D for everything. They were on the "heavier" side though so it worked out pretty well for that stuff.
 

custom53

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There is a couple of tunes we use to do that we tune down a whole step.. But not for vocals, because the songs are recorded that way..

Here is one.. Basically it is tuned to "D" and then Drop "C"..

 

micycle

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One of the bands I'm in does, apparently they started doing that because it was easier for the horns to play along (I joined a few years after they started). It definitely adds a different vibe to the music. Thank goodness for the Digitech Drop pedal, that's all I can say!
 

27sauce

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We play a few songs that are in drop C# on the original recording. Generally whatever the original is in. We've dropped keys on maybe 10 between our 2 singers. A couple a whole step, most a half.
 

lp_bruce

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I sometimes tune one of my acoustics down a full step. There are a few songs I play that are easier to sing/play there and I kinda' like the rumbling tone.

Peace,
 

paranoid70

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Just a half step, and man it makes things so much easier. We do several tunes that were originally recorded in D# in addition to those recorded in standard. Do them all in D# and I don't have to constantly retune or switch guitars.

That being said, we do one song where I tune to D. I think the song was actually recorded in C, but the strings are way too loose that way.
 

Jim Soloway

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I have two guitars that I play regularly. My #1 player is kept tuned down to D and the other is tuned down to C#. I'm playing mostly solo instrumental music, so it has nothing to do with vocals. I just prefer the sound of the instrument that way.
 

lp_bruce

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I have two guitars that I play regularly. My #1 player is kept tuned down to D and the other is tuned down to C#. I'm playing mostly solo instrumental music, so it has nothing to do with vocals. I just prefer the sound of the instrument that way.
It definitely sounds different and people should give it a try if they want a change. With my acoustic trio, I frequently capo up to provide a different sound/voicing from another guitar and a mando. I tuned down to D as an experiment to provide an alternate approach and I liked it. I rarely play that way in the trio (thought I'm using DADGAD a fair bit), but my Ovation is almost always tuned down a full step.

Peace,
 

Bogner

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I use a lot of different tunings...depends on the music style and song. I have personally found that various tunings can be a great inspiration for writing new riffs and songs or if you hit a wall creatively. Often times I have tuned differently and it inspired a spark of creativity to break out of that rut.
 

muzishun

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I would like to go to D

But I need my guitars for Eb and standard, and without a set up, D is too extreme.

So I have 1 in D standard, for a handful of songs we do. For now.

I like the sound and range of D, but Eb feels the best.

The heavy gauge i use for D has it's drawbacks.
 

Jim Soloway

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The heavy gauge i use for D has it's drawbacks.
If you use really heavy strings they can have intonation issues at the bottom of the neck and the low end can get boomy. I have a really light touch so I use fairly light strings and just try not to drive them too hard. I do need at least a 25.5" scale length to make it work though.
 




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