#1
hi,

im starting to write music, but am in drop D and was wondering do the scales change or do they remain the same as if you were in standard tuning

thanks
#2
The scales remain the same. C major is still C D E F G A B C. However, the shape changes. Everything on the low E would be moved down the neck two frets. For example, a C note on the 6th string in Drop D tuning would be on the 10th fret instead of the 8th. Hope this helped you.
#5
Quote by metal head 1
ok, so what you mean position,


The physical location of the notes on the fretboard. If you know the note names for each fret on each string, you can stop worrying about positions and play by notes.
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#6
By positions, we mean... uh... the positions of a scale. Essentially, each scale has a set of positions within which they have all the notes of that scale. Let's start with everyones favourite A minor pentatonic scale!

e:5----8
B:5----8
G:5----7
D:5----7
A:5----7
E:5----8

When you're in Drop D tuning, the notes of the Guitars open strings are DADGBE. As E is a tone (whole step, two frets) lower than E, you now have this for the A minor pentatonic:

e:5----8
B:5----8
G:5----7
D:5----7
A:5----7
D:3----6

Reply if you need any more help!
#8
JackOSF, you are incorrect. For an Am Pentatonic, he would play 7 and 10 on the low D string, not 3 and 6.

When playing a scale in drop D, you play the notes that are on the low D two frets higher (towards the guitar body) than in standard. So if you played 5-7-8 in standard, you now play 7-9-10 to get the same tones.
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#9
Quote by metal head 1
hi,

im starting to write music, but am in drop D and was wondering do the scales change or do they remain the same as if you were in standard tuning

thanks


Well if you changed the pitch of one of the strings, logic would lead you to realize that the patterns on the neck would change accordingly. Use your head.
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