"guitar tuned down a semitone"

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  1. yoyohomieg5432

    yoyohomieg5432 Member

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    what exactly does this mean?

    is it just a fancy way of saying tuned down a half step?
     
  2. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    Tune down a half-step. Step=tone. Not particularly fancy, really.
     
  3. ReddRanger

    ReddRanger Member

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    Isnt' that what VH used to do early on?
     
  4. jammybastard

    jammybastard "I'm losing my edge, but I was there..."

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    Yes, actually many of your favorite bands tune down a half step.
    It give the singer a little more range, and it sounds "heavier".
    Two great examples are VH's DLR-era albums and Weezer's "Blue Album".

    Here's a little tip for making your mixes "heavy". Next time you are screwing around with something you can multi-track guitar with tune down a half step then record yourself playing 1/4 notes playing a standard "C" barre chord.
    Then on a second track play 1/4 notes again but the "C" chord like this: 332xxx
    Instant "heavy", especially tuned down a half step.
     
  5. jammybastard

    jammybastard "I'm losing my edge, but I was there..."

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    UUm...are you sure we are talking about the same thing?
    Do you sing, or write for singers?

    By lowering the key you give a singer with a limited range a bit more wiggle room at the top.
    I personally use it because my singing range is more baritone than tenor, but I like to sing in keys that wouldn't be comfortable if I had to sing in standard tuning.

    Also, if it is a "myth" then I wonder why it's such a regular practice?
    For example, go see The Police on any given night on their current tour and you'll hear half their songs tuned down or transposed to Sting's current range. Same with Van Halen as well as many other touring acts who tune down half step to help preserve their vocals over a two hour show.
     
  6. mike80

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    It doesn't give the singer any more range, it just makes the upper register easier for the singer to hit.

    A singer's range can't be changed, but everything else can be adapted for their range.
     
  7. Austinrocks

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    Tuning down a 1/2 step or a whole step improves the tone of a strat, really makes it sound grand, also you can use heavier strings, I use a 11s, its a lot of fun.
     

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