#1
does anybody know where drop d tuning originated?? its been buggin me for a while now
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Some guy probably dropped his guitar on the ground, it tuned to a drop D and then he played it and was like "Heeey...!"
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#4
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Some guy probably dropped his guitar on the ground, it tuned to a drop D and then he played it and was like "Heeey...!"


Then he got in his Jeep and was like "Brah!"
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#6
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Some guy probably dropped his guitar on the ground, it tuned to a drop D and then he played it and was like "Heeey...!"



LMAO!!!!!!
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#8
i think it's become obvious now
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#9
It probably originated from a young impatient metal head attacking his tuning pegs to br00talify them up, then he came accross Drop-D and stabbed a pigeon in celebration.
#10
I recall seeing somewhere it originated a few hundred years ago...
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#11
Maybe the first person to use it just wanted to play one finger power chords, then other people thought that it was a cool and useful tuning.
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#12
I think it's easy for someone to figure out the D tuning, the powerchord is a simple shape, but if you downtune the root note to 1 full step you can make it even simpler and play the power chord with one finger.

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#13
Bach wanted to play some hardxcore because he was soooooooo hxc! He was so tr00 and br00tal.
#14
Standard tuning (western) was derived from a couple hundred years worth of trial and error in the guitar world. As far as dropped D, thats pretty simple: once upon a time there was metal head who actually studied theory...
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#16
Well, since its a simple way of using an alternating bass while playing other stuff higher up the neck, apparently. It's been around for a long time though. Federic Torroba used it a lot, if I remember correctly.
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#17
You're all wrong...

The Drop D tuning was develop by Samuel Drop in 1846. It's true. Look it up.
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#19
Everyone knows it was Odysseus, lol.
Odysseus was one of the main Achaean leaders in the Trojan War. The others were "godlike" Achilles, Agamemnon "lord of men", Menelaus, Nestor, Telamonian Ajax and Ajax the Lesser, Diomedes and Teucer the master archer.

When the Achaean ships reached the beach of Troy, no one would jump ashore, since there was an oracle that the first Achaean to jump on Trojan soil would die. Odysseus tossed his shield on the shore and jumped on his shield. He was followed by Protesilaus, who jumped on Trojan soil and later became the first to die.

Odysseus never forgave Palamedes for unmasking his madness ruse, leading him to frame him as a traitor. At one point, Odysseus convinced a Trojan captive to write a letter pretending to be from Palamedes. A sum of gold was mentioned to have been sent as a reward for Palamedes's treachery. Odysseus then killed the prisoner and hid the gold in Palamedes's tent. He ensured that the letter was found and acquired by Agamemnon, and also gave hints directing the Argives to the gold. This was evidence enough for the Greeks and they had Palamedes stoned to death. Other sources say that Odysseus and Diomedes goaded Palamedes into descending a wall with the prospect of treasure being at the bottom. When Palamedes reached the bottom, the two proceeded to bury him with stones, killing him.

Odysseus was one of the most influential Greek champions during the Trojan War. Along with Nestor and Idomeneus he was one of the most trusted counsellors and advisers. He always championed the Achaean cause, especially when the king was in question, as in one instance when Thersites spoke against him. When Agamemnon, to test the morale of the Achaeans, announced his intentions to depart Troy, Odysseus restored order to the Greek camp. Later on in the Iliad, after many of the heroes had left the battlefield due to injuries (including Odysseus and Agamemnon), Odysseus once again persuaded Agamemnon not to withdraw. Along with two other envoys, he was chosen in the failed embassy to try to persuade Achilles to return to combat.
He then played guitar in Drop D tuning.
#20
Drop D for guitar has been around for at least 200 years. They appear in other instruments even earlier, and Bach (17th century) has a few Drop D stuff. Led Zeppelin probably started the one finger power-chord, in the song Bron-Y-Aur Stomp from their third album. (I swear it's not from Wikipedia)
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#21
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Standard tuning (western) was derived from a couple hundred years worth of trial and error in the guitar world. As far as dropped D, thats pretty simple: once upon a time there was metal head who actually studied theory...


you don't have to read theory to figure out drop D

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Everyone knows it was Odysseus, lol.
Odysseus was one of the main Achaean leaders in the Trojan War. The others were "godlike" Achilles, Agamemnon "lord of men", Menelaus, Nestor, Telamonian Ajax and Ajax the Lesser, Diomedes and Teucer the master archer.

When the Achaean ships reached the beach of Troy, no one would jump ashore, since there was an oracle that the first Achaean to jump on Trojan soil would die. Odysseus tossed his shield on the shore and jumped on his shield. He was followed by Protesilaus, who jumped on Trojan soil and later became the first to die.

Odysseus never forgave Palamedes for unmasking his madness ruse, leading him to frame him as a traitor. At one point, Odysseus convinced a Trojan captive to write a letter pretending to be from Palamedes. A sum of gold was mentioned to have been sent as a reward for Palamedes's treachery. Odysseus then killed the prisoner and hid the gold in Palamedes's tent. He ensured that the letter was found and acquired by Agamemnon, and also gave hints directing the Argives to the gold. This was evidence enough for the Greeks and they had Palamedes stoned to death. Other sources say that Odysseus and Diomedes goaded Palamedes into descending a wall with the prospect of treasure being at the bottom. When Palamedes reached the bottom, the two proceeded to bury him with stones, killing him.

Odysseus was one of the most influential Greek champions during the Trojan War. Along with Nestor and Idomeneus he was one of the most trusted counsellors and advisers. He always championed the Achaean cause, especially when the king was in question, as in one instance when Thersites spoke against him. When Agamemnon, to test the morale of the Achaeans, announced his intentions to depart Troy, Odysseus restored order to the Greek camp. Later on in the Iliad, after many of the heroes had left the battlefield due to injuries (including Odysseus and Agamemnon), Odysseus once again persuaded Agamemnon not to withdraw. Along with two other envoys, he was chosen in the failed embassy to try to persuade Achilles to return to combat.
He then played guitar in Drop D tuning.

Wtf? Do you just really love Homer and thought you would write an essay about Odysseus in an unrelated thread, even though no one's going to read it?
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#24
Like most musical concepts, its origins would be all but impossible to trace.

And as soon as you do, you will find some other camp who has equally compelling evidence for another theory.

Therefore, WHO GIVES A ****!!!

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#25
i thought the Odysseus essay was pretty badass
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#26
It's a technique that far far predates metal. Early slide guitarists figured out that in order to make proper use of a slider, which only makes a good sound if the strings are tuned to a chord (usually major). The most easy key to tune down to was obviously D, as 2 of the strings are already in the right place and there is no potentially string snapping up tuning involved.
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You're all wrong...

The Drop D tuning was develop by Samuel Drop in 1846. It's true. Look it up.

Wow really?!


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#28
somebody got bored of 4ths?
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#29
Though used extensively in heavy metal and hard rock, Drop D tunings can be traced to earlier folk musicians. It allows power chords (also known as barre fifth chords) to be played with a single finger on the lowest three strings. It is also used extensively in classical guitar music and transcriptions since it allows open strings to sound the tonic and dominant as part of the bassline in the keys of D and D minor. Some guitarists choose to use a capo on the second fret with this tuning so that they can retain the ease of playing power chords without the darker sound created by the D tuning.
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I was kidding. And I'm too lazy to see if that's from Wikipedia, but my guess is that it is.
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