#1
I'd like to learn a couple of songs off All Hope is Gone but they are in Drop C. When I tune my guitar that low my strings are really floppy and it makes playing a pain.

So the question, will it sound the "same" if I just tune down to Drop D as long as I'm not playing with anyone else? Or is there a tuning that will give me similar sound without making my strings act like old lady boobies?
#2
You need thicker strings to handle that low of a tuning. I don't suggest Drop D for a song, if you can get thicker strings. Just get your guitar set up for the new strings.
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#3
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So the question, will it sound the "same" if I just tune down to Drop D as long as I'm not playing with anyone else?
Yes, if you are not playing along the song.
#4
Drop tunings generally do cause your strings to be looser and can give you some trouble with fret buzz. Generally the thing to do about it is either move up to a larger string gauge or have the guitar set up specifically for drop tuning.

Personally, my main guitar has a locking trem so I can't change the tuning on it much. I leave it at standard EADGBE with 0.10's on it and I have my other guitar set up with 0.11's and all adjusted to full time drop C. Before I did this I used to change back and forth all the time and have kinda crappy results like you're describing.

Remember, Drop D is DADGBE. Drop C is CGCFAD. It's one full step apart and You'll hear a difference unless you transpose up two frets.
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#6
Boy, Andy, I nearly got you for saying they were both C.
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#7
What song on All Hope Is Gone is in Drop C? I am under the impression that most of the album is in the usual Slipknot tuning of Drop B.
#8
Playing in drop D should be fine for getting the muscle memory down. I play in drop D when practicing a drop C song alot because I just can't be bothered to downtune.

Tl;dr: It's fine for practice, but that's about it
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#11
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What song on All Hope Is Gone is in Drop C? I am under the impression that most of the album is in the usual Slipknot tuning of Drop B.

Almost all the songs slipknot plays are in drop B, exept for 2 which are in drop A. Slipknot does not use any C tunings in their songs.
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#13
So could I then tune to Drop D and move up 5 frets to be in drop A? I'm now confused.
#14
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So could I then tune to Drop D and move up 5 frets to be in drop A? I'm now confused.

No, when you drop tune, you DROP tune. Not raise tune. Just do what I said to get the muscle memory down. Then if you feel like playing it the real way, get some thicker strings and drop all the way.
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What song on All Hope Is Gone is in Drop C? I am under the impression that most of the album is in the usual Slipknot tuning of Drop B.

THANK YOU! Drop A and B for all hope is gone.
#17
Actually all the songs on All Hope Is Gone are in drop a... maybe one or two are in b, but I know the majority are in a.

And the answer to your problem might be just getting thicker gauge strings.
#18
Wow this ones been dead for a month folks but good info anyhow. i was surprised to see it back up here.