#1
Hey guys,
I've been playing for about a year, the first 6 months I used typical standard tuning learning about chords and whatnot. Since I stopped having lesson, I played the music I wanted to, nearly all of it requires tuning my guitar down. My most comfortable tuning being drop c, or #. When I tune up to standard, I can't play, it just feels unnatural now. I looked for some songs to play, metal ones, but every forum is just the same stuff, learn some metallica, iron maiden, megadeth etc etc. I only listen to newer stuff really, no classic rock or old school stuff. So has anyone got any tips, or songs to help me get used to standard tuning again?
#2
If you don't like playing in standard tuning, then don't play in standard tuning.

Whatever floats your boat.
#3
learn some metallica, iron maiden, megadeath, etc etc
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I think a lot of Opeth is in either standard or just dropped D.
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#5
Avenged Sevenfold play in drop D...thats close enough, unless you dont mean that kind of modern...
Why do you need to start playing in standard? A lot of guitarist play purely in drop tunings and its not wrong, its them.
The truth is most modern metal bands will retune or use 7string from what I see unless they play classic rock styled stuff, so either learn older stuff, less metally/rocky stuff or just be yourself and stay downtuned
#6
there are some good Trivium songs from their Crusade album and a couple of 6 string songs off of Shogun that are good to come back to standard E 440 tuning again. Couple of Pantera songs as well. Not a lot of new heavy stuff is in standard tuning but there are some gems to find. You can also just grab some metal backing tracks off youtube and make your own material.
#7
Trivium has some good stuff for standard and drop-D if you're into that kinda stuff. Anthem (We Are The Fire) is a SICK tune. That's all I can think of off the top of my head. I know that The Crusade and Shogun were in standard (although most of Shogun was on a standard tuned 7 string, and there were a couple songs on Crusade that were on 7 as well like And Sadness Will Sear and the title track)
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I think a lot of Opeth is in either standard or just dropped D.


I think Opeth tend to be in D Standard, so not really changing much for him... :S
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there are some good Trivium songs from their Crusade album and a couple of 6 string songs off of Shogun that are good to come back to standard E 440 tuning again. Couple of Pantera songs as well. Not a lot of new heavy stuff is in standard tuning but there are some gems to find. You can also just grab some metal backing tracks off youtube and make your own material.

A440 is standard
#11
Well, since you're into the newer stuff, Lamb of God would be good.
Most of their songs are in Drop D.
#12
Dream Theater
Symphony X is in D standard (take advantage of those thicker gauges)
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wait, does OP want songs in standard or drop tunings?
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#13
I don't want to be confined to only drop tunings, or knowing songs with those lower tunings. This is just to make me a more versatile guitarist really. Which I suppose is quite contradictory considering I don't wanna play Maiden stuff
#14
just play in standard tuning if you want to get used to it...

I don't think that tuning can limit a guitarist in the way you're talking about. unless you can only do a particular open tuning, I dont think that you're really limiting yourself in any way.
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I think Opeth tend to be in D Standard, so not really changing much for him... :S

Nope. Primarily standard tuning; they occasionally foray into Drop D and some open tunings, but they're primarily in standard.
#16
While Dream Theater has a lot of tuned down/7 string stuff, most of their songs are in E standard. You can spend a lifetime learning their catalogue...lol
#17
There's some great alterbridge songs in standard, or just drop D.
Shihad have good songs in standars too.


But if you prefer drop C#, just stick with it. Check out submersed too.
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While Dream Theater has a lot of tuned down/7 string stuff, most of their songs are in E standard. You can spend a lifetime learning their catalogue...lol

They often play in C.
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They often play in C.


JP uses a few tunings, but E is the most common.
#21
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There's some great alterbridge songs in standard, or just drop D.

They only have like 2 songs in standard lol. Rise Today is the only one in drop D I can think of too. Tremonti uses drop tunings a ton. But if he wants to play standard, I figure learning One Day Remains could keep him busy for a while.
#22
Really, must be me learning them in standard tuning, lol. This is what I get for learning by ear. Haha. Will look at tabs
#23

Mechanically the only difference between playing in any drop tuning and any variation of standard tuning is the bottom string which is 2 semitones lower. That's it, that's the only thing that's potentially going to throw you. Obviously the notes will transpose but relatively speaking everything is exactly the same, the same chord shapes still work, scale patterns stay the same etc

As far as the top 5 strings are concerned playing in standard is no different to playing in drop anything - I really don't see how it's a big deal.
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They only have like 2 songs in standard lol. Rise Today is the only one in drop D I can think of too. Tremonti uses drop tunings a ton. But if he wants to play standard, I figure learning One Day Remains could keep him busy for a while.


Blackbird or Brand New Start are both in Eb tuning, so you can play those in standard (or half step down obviously). But yeah a lot of AB stuff is in drop tunings, or Open D/Open G
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#25
Dillinger Escape Plan plays in Standard, if you're a technical wizard, haha. Although, some of their stuff isn't fantastically hard, it's just super fast and chaotic.
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Blackbird or Brand New Start are both in Eb tuning, so you can play those in standard (or half step down obviously). But yeah a lot of AB stuff is in drop tunings, or Open D/Open G

Yeah, I play around with a lot of their songs in standard because I'm too lazy to tune down a half step haha. But off the top of my head, Burn It Down and One Day Remains have been the only two Alter Bridge songs recorded in standard so far. That open D5 tuning used in Open Your Eyes, Ghost Of Days Gone By, and Life Must Go On is pretty cool too, but I usually break a string trying to tune up to that lol.
#28
Check out prog and power metal bands,
Dragonforce are in standard, Orphaned Land are in standard (have a couple of songs with 7 strings on their latest album) and whatevr u find in your music libary


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Mechanically the only difference between playing in any drop tuning and any variation of standard tuning is the bottom string which is 2 semitones lower. That's it, that's the only thing that's potentially going to throw you. Obviously the notes will transpose but relatively speaking everything is exactly the same, the same chord shapes still work, scale patterns stay the same etc

As far as the top 5 strings are concerned playing in standard is no different to playing in drop anything - I really don't see how it's a big deal.


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Hey guys,
I've been playing for about a year, the first 6 months I used typical standard tuning learning about chords and whatnot. Since I stopped having lesson, I played the music I wanted to, nearly all of it requires tuning my guitar down. My most comfortable tuning being drop c, or #. When I tune up to standard, I can't play, it just feels unnatural now. I looked for some songs to play, metal ones, but every forum is just the same stuff, learn some metallica, iron maiden, megadeth etc etc. I only listen to newer stuff really, no classic rock or old school stuff. So has anyone got any tips, or songs to help me get used to standard tuning again?

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#32
do what is comfortable. sometimes even the band changes tuning live vs in studio. i have noticed that at a few different shows.

also i believe Lamb of God plays E Std/ Drop D on quite a few songs, don't remember how many, but they used to.

also keep in mind the last album i have of theirs is Sacrament.
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#33
What you play doesn't matter. It sounds like you're using the same gauge of string for both tunings. That's where your problem is. Getting lighter strings will give you the same average amount of tension as the strings you're using now in drop tuning.

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#34
You said you took lessons for 6 months.Just tune it standard and start playing.How bad could you suck?If it's that bad go get your money back.Got any books left?
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I meant it nice!I t seems like he,s limiting himself alot.I play slide in drop d almost exclusively,but it limits me to that particular song.I meant it seriously,he said he took lessons for 6 mo,s in standard,gotta be like riding a bike.panhead201
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Quote by trashedlostfdup
do what is comfortable. sometimes even the band changes tuning live vs in studio. i have noticed that at a few different shows.

also i believe Lamb of God plays E Std/ Drop D on quite a few songs, don't remember how many, but they used to.

also keep in mind the last album i have of theirs is Sacrament.


I'm pretty sure Lamb of God plays pretty much all in Drop D, although a couple of their new songs are in Drop C#
#38
I was in one of those, "I can't play anything moods". Bit of a dumb question really, now that I look back lol. Thanks for the help though guys.
#39
i guess you guy,s idea of a D modal tuning is different than mine,when all you are doing is dropping your low E to a D.
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