How do you tune your bass to drop D??


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malbsmoke
08-01-2007, 07:51 AM
can someone help me please.

withered-arm
08-01-2007, 07:57 AM
Tune the low e string to d, and leave others in standard.

AshDoro
08-01-2007, 07:58 AM
take the Low E String and Tune it to Standard at the 2nd Fret

(fret Low E at the second fret then while its fretted tune it standard)

the metal bassi
08-01-2007, 08:33 AM
If you tune with a tuner, Just tune the e string down to a d. However if you tune by ear, play the 7th fret on the e string followed by the a string, when they noth sound the same note you have done it

TobyFellrunners
08-01-2007, 08:34 AM
An easier way is to play the A string open and then tune the Low E to the 7th fret so that the 7th fret on the E string is the same as the A string played open.

Hope that isn't confusing lol

spitfirehicks
08-01-2007, 08:58 AM
yeah, do the 7th fret thing, or you can alternatively play the open D string as you tune down, it will sount like a perfect octave when its in tune.

Sly Taco
08-01-2007, 09:31 AM
Dude, the easiest way is to pluck yer good ol' D string and then drop your E until it rings in unison with the D. Yeahhhhhhhhh

shut_up_you_***
08-01-2007, 09:34 AM
play the open D string as you tune down, it will sount like a perfect octave when its in tune.

I do that using 12th fret natural harmonics. Easier for the ear to track.

Parx
08-01-2007, 02:25 PM
I dont.



I have a 5 string. :D

sammcl-15
08-01-2007, 02:34 PM
I dont.



I have a 5 string. :D



So do I, but sometimes you have to when you're playing some songs.

For example, Vicarious by Tool or Heroes by Shinedown (two songs I do) is just easier to tune down.

basslyon
08-02-2007, 12:30 AM
alternatively tune to these harmonics
4th fret harmonic on e string to 5th fret harmonic on a string
or open d string to 12 fret harmonic e string

UndeadPaperclip
08-02-2007, 12:53 AM
For example, Vicarious by Tool or Heroes by Shinedown (two songs I do) is just easier to tune down.

Pfft, listen to yourself. "Easier"? Go play guitar you slacker!

Slap n Thump
08-02-2007, 10:40 AM
http://tunemybass.com

thats how

the_hoople
08-02-2007, 02:08 PM
I do that using 12th fret natural harmonics. Easier for the ear to track.

True that.

sinan90
08-02-2007, 02:10 PM
Play the 12th fret A-string harmonic then tune the E-string down until the 7th fret harmonic on the E matches it.

Likecal
08-02-2007, 02:36 PM
Tune your e (1st) string down one step to d, to check if it's correct, play the D (2nd)string and the e string and see if those 2 strings sound like an octave (If you dont know what an octave is, then you should study your basic music skills, or research it!)

John Swift
08-02-2007, 04:50 PM
I dont. I have a 5 string. :D
Best response yet

Hergiswi
08-02-2007, 04:57 PM
Pfft, listen to yourself. "Easier"? Go play guitar you slacker!

He brings up a good point with Vicarious. It makes it easier. =P

However, I haven't used a 5-string with a low B for a while, so I'll shut up.

eddiehimself
08-02-2007, 05:00 PM
I dont.



I have a 5 string. :D

exactly.

But if you can't be arsed with 5 string basses (for some strange reason) then the best way to do it by ear imo is to do a harmonic at the 12th fret of the E string and then play the high d till they're in unison.

Confused4930
08-02-2007, 05:07 PM
I do that using 12th fret natural harmonics. Easier for the ear to track.

That's what I do....although I've made the switch so many times, I can drop to D without any guide on command