#1
My cover band have got a gig coming up and we plan to do the kill (30 seconds to mars) and Devour (Shinedown). However, the kill is in standard tuning but Devour is in drop c . Does anyone have any tips on tuning from one to the other quickly. which would be easiest to do first?
#2
It would be better to go from standard to drop C rather than the other way round, but ideally use two guitars or transpose the drop C song...
Last edited by 100%guitarmad at Jun 3, 2011,
#3
Tuning all your strings on stage will never work. Either transpose the song to drop D or bring multiple guitars.
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#6
I don't really see the issue. Takes me about 40 seconds to go between standard and drop c. It would take even less time, but I always turn the b and e slowly for fear of breaking.
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Quote by Macabre_Turtle
I don't really see the issue. Takes me about 40 seconds to go between standard and drop c. It would take even less time, but I always turn the b and e slowly for fear of breaking.


Gotta make sure you're in with the rest of the band on each string though then. That's time consuming.
Whereas just changing the note on one string is a lot quicker for checking with everyone else.
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Gotta make sure you're in with the rest of the band on each string though then. That's time consuming.
Whereas just changing the note on one string is a lot quicker for checking with everyone else.


I guess I'm just falsely assuming that most people use a pedal tuner because I always have.
#10
Play the song and tune as you play it.
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I guess I'm just falsely assuming that most people use a pedal tuner because I always have.


Yeah, I don't have one so usually tune by ear. Then again I don't play live anymore so I would probably invest in one if I were to start gigging again though.
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I don't really see the issue. Takes me about 40 seconds to go between standard and drop c. It would take even less time, but I always turn the b and e slowly for fear of breaking.

Audiences tend to get bored after about 20 seconds max.
#13
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Audiences tend to get bored after about 20 seconds max.

Throw in a drum solo or something similarly cheesy then.
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Audiences tend to get bored after about 20 seconds max.


Well get the other guys to do something interesting for a while.
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Multiple guitars, it's the easiest. Especially if you and the bassist (and maybe another guitarist) have to retune, and if it goes out of tune it will sound horrible.
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#16
Just play The Kill in D standard and go to Drop C after. It will be easier on your voice too.
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#18
Capo and some tuning adjustments. Try learning it the Shinedown song C standard then capoing the 4th fret for the 30 seconds to mars song or something.
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#19
Either:

1. Get your singer to talk shit for a while
2. Take 2 guitars
3. Don't play songs in drop C
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Bring two guitars per person that are already tuned, or tune down to drop D.
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#23
Any of these:

- Buy or borrow another guitar
- Switch from standard to Drop D and play Devour higher. Or get a Morpheus Drop Tune pedal and shift down to Drop C.
- Get the singer to share a really good story to keep the audience distracted.
- Tune to D standard, put a capo on the guitar, play The Kill, remove capo, drop the C, and play Devour.

I really really recommend buying or borrowing another guitar though. You're most likely going to have to tune the guitar a few times as the neck adjusts to the change in tension, and nobody wants to bore their audience.
#24
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You could drop the tuning into Drop D and just play the song as normal. You'll just be in a different key then.


This, or bring two guitars like everyone else said.
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#25
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I don't really see the issue. Takes me about 40 seconds to go between standard and drop c. It would take even less time, but I always turn the b and e slowly for fear of breaking.

True.

Saves a lot of time.

But really that's unnecessary. I would just transpose the damn song, or just bring a second guitar and have it tuned as needed.