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I really like Drop C# (D flat), and Drop A#... C# sharp cause its got a good range and its pretty close to standard, but you can still make something really hard out of it... A# cause it's cause that awesome black metal dronetone ... Play Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh by Celtic Frost and you can get a good idea of how it sounds...
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#2
I like half-step down tuning, because it's not to hard to get to, and it makes your guitar sound so rich and full.

Also, quarter-step tuning when I'm feeling frisky
#3
can't remember the name of the tuning, but it's basically got a flipped tuning. so insted of eadgbe, it's daggad or something. can't remember it right now. all I know is it's really cool to play slide in.
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#4
I use to tune my Axe straight down to b standard and occasionally dropped it to drop A. B standard is probably my favorite tuning by far.
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can't remember the name of the tuning, but it's basically got a flipped tuning. so insted of eadgbe, it's daggad or something. can't remember it right now. all I know is it's really cool to play slide in.


dadgad? thats celtic tuning rite?
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Standard, I hate the sound of muddy drop tuned guitars, it's retarded, chords sound monotone and lifeless, but with a good amp and standard tuning, there's this high rich slicing overdrive backed with a roar that hits you in the face.
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Standard ftw
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#10
My all time favorite is half a step down. I'm a simple man.
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#12
Karnivool Tuning!!!

EDIT: It's B F# B G B E

Kinda like dropped B and standard hybrid, killer sounds.
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#16
Standard, Drop C, D Standard.

I mostly play in Drop C and D Standard, though. It's not all nasty and muddy like Drop B, but it's still low enough for that cool sound that I'm looking for.
#17
Standard step and a half down. I can't stand drop D etc.
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#19
B standard on a seven. BEADGBE

You can have that low,(defined) sound as well as being able to play in E Standard.
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#20
Standard. I hate re-tuning. You should be able to play every genre in standard, it's just that some hardcore metal bands have to go ultra low just to show how hardcore they are, and some of the instant guitar players (alternate rock) recorded an album before learning to play a proper powerchord so they had to use drop tunings.
#21
standard and half a step down.
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#22
Most of the time I stick with Standard for my songs, but I can get some really nice Half-Step Down riffs sometimes.
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#23
There are ten or so alternate tunings that I use regularly when playing acoustic, though I rarely play electric in a tuning other than standard. Most of the tunings I use for the acoustic I discovered by learning Michael Hedges music, his playing has been a huge influence on me.
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Standard, I hate the sound of muddy drop tuned guitars, it's retarded, chords sound monotone and lifeless, but with a good amp and standard tuning, there's this high rich slicing overdrive backed with a roar that hits you in the face.


Or how about you don't try to tune down a guitar that's not stringed with heavy gauge strings.

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Standard. I hate re-tuning. You should be able to play every genre in standard, it's just that some hardcore metal bands have to go ultra low just to show how hardcore they are, and some of the instant guitar players (alternate rock) recorded an album before learning to play a proper powerchord so they had to use drop tunings.


The reason I play drop is actually to AVOID boring powerchords, because alternations on the powerchords (or well, 3string-chords) are either difficult or close to impossible without playing in drop so. Personally, heavy duty powerchord songs should be in drop in order to be able to do some variation.
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#26
i mostly like D tuning, Drop C, Drop B, and Standard Tuning
I like drop B a lot cos the low E becomes a B, and it gives it a heavy tone
and D tuning cos its ez to get to
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#27
I like standard and Half step down. Mostly for the same reasons listed above. That and retuning is annoying and I can't figure out how to get to some of the tunings with my Korg GA-20 tuner.
#28
I like half step and C sharp. Both my guitars live in half step and I drop my acoustic to C sharp sometimes when I feel like being lazy with power chords on it.
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Standard. I hate re-tuning. You should be able to play every genre in standard, it's just that some hardcore metal bands have to go ultra low just to show how hardcore they are, and some of the instant guitar players (alternate rock) recorded an album before learning to play a proper powerchord so they had to use drop tunings.


But there are certain things that work a lot better in drop D.
eg. Power chord hammerons, power chord harmonics.

Going lower is kind of ridiculous/un-necessary though.
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#30
How does tuning to C# make anything harder?

It's still the same ****ing intervals as every other standard tuning.
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How does tuning to C# make anything harder?

It's still the same ****ing intervals as every other standard tuning.

It doesn't, who said that?
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It doesn't, who said that?


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C# sharp cause its got a good range and its pretty close to standard, but you can still make something really hard out of it...



and even if he means "heavy" by "hard", riffs don't get heavier by lower tunings, they get heavier by rythms and interval choice.
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and even if he means "heavy" by "hard", riffs don't get heavier by lower tunings, they get heavier by rythms and interval choice.

Did he mean C# drop or C# standard? cos if he meant the latter...then....wut

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You can make anything sound heavy with some EQ'ing. Also, the riff itself helps in that
This band have never stopped using E standard. But it sounds heavy doesn't it?


An example of how you can have heavy sounding riffs without down-tuning your guitar for the metul n00blets out there
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An example of how you can have heavy sounding riffs without down-tuning your guitar for the metul n00blets out there



Metallica and Megadeth are prime examples as well
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Metallica and Megadeth are prime examples as well

Ah yes, how could I forget!

I think E standard is 'coming back' in metal. Not as many new bands (that I've seen anyway) are using drop tuning anymore. My band uses drop D occasionally, but stay in standard 90% of the time.
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Ah yes, how could I forget!

I think E standard is 'coming back' in metal. Not as many new bands (that I've seen anyway) are using drop tuning anymore. My band uses drop D occasionally, but stay in standard 90% of the time.


I'd love to as well but my guitar can't take the tension in E standard so I have to go D standard...
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I'd love to as well but my guitar can't take the tension in E standard so I have to go D standard...

Ah, well either way, it's still a standard tuning.

I think in the two styles of tuning, drop and standard, they both have different aspects. I like to use them both, but 'heavyness' doesn't come into it
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#39
I like to tune down a whole step (D tuning).
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