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Old 01-15-2013, 09:32 AM   #1
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Why Not Just Always Tune to D Standard and Use A Capo?

People seem to waste a lot of time tuning their guitar to alternate tunings, but often it will be from E standard to Eb standard or something like that.

Why not have your guitar always tuned to D Standard, and keep a capo to quickly go to Eb and E standard? I mean this seems like a simple idea but I think it's a good one and nobody seems to do it.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:16 AM   #2
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Because having two guitars is easier and cooler.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:17 AM   #3
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Because you lose two notes at the top.
Because the open strings have a different tone to fretted once unless you have a zero-fret.
Because the string tension is different, even with the right strings.
Because E is standard tuning and guitar notation is written that way.

It's a fine idea if it works for you but it's not something that would work for everyone, I don't actually know of that many bands or guitarists who switch around tuning that much unless they're playing material from different albums and so on.

Also this isn't a technique so this is the wrong forum for this post.

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Old 01-15-2013, 10:47 AM   #4
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I do this, but only because I can't affor more than one guitar. I switch between D Standard and Drop C, and with a capo it covers all I need.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:07 AM   #5
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Because you lose two notes at the top.
Because the open strings have a different tone to fretted once unless you have a zero-fret.
Because the string tension is different, even with the right strings.
Because E is standard tuning and guitar notation is written that way.

It's a fine idea if it works for you but it's not something that would work for everyone, I don't actually know of that many bands or guitarists who switch around tuning that much unless they're playing material from different albums and so on.

Also this isn't a technique so this is the wrong forum for this post.

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lol! This whole forum has way too many sub-forums. Which one should this be in? The Electric Guitar or Acoustic Guitar or Guitar Gear & Accessories or Musician Talk?
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:52 AM   #6
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Because then you still won't be able to play songs in minor third down tuning!
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:06 AM   #7
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I've heard of people doing it

If it works for you, go for it
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:50 AM   #8
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Why not have your guitar always tuned to D Standard, and keep a capo to quickly go to Eb and E standard? I mean this seems like a simple idea but I think it's a good one and nobody seems to do it.


But what if you still have to go down a semitone?

I have a friend who keeps his guitar in D standard with a capo on 2. Some people do it. I also have no idea what forum to put this in. Maybe musician talk, seeing as its mainly about transposition...
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