Tmusician
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#1
People seem to waste a lot of time tuning their guitar to alternate tunings, but often it will be from E standard to Eb standard or something like that.

Why not have your guitar always tuned to D Standard, and keep a capo to quickly go to Eb and E standard? I mean this seems like a simple idea but I think it's a good one and nobody seems to do it.
Zaphod_Beeblebr
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#3
Because you lose two notes at the top.
Because the open strings have a different tone to fretted once unless you have a zero-fret.
Because the string tension is different, even with the right strings.
Because E is standard tuning and guitar notation is written that way.

It's a fine idea if it works for you but it's not something that would work for everyone, I don't actually know of that many bands or guitarists who switch around tuning that much unless they're playing material from different albums and so on.

Also this isn't a technique so this is the wrong forum for this post.

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Petzakecske
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#4
I do this, but only because I can't affor more than one guitar. I switch between D Standard and Drop C, and with a capo it covers all I need.
Tmusician
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#5
Quote by Zaphod_Beeblebr
Because you lose two notes at the top.
Because the open strings have a different tone to fretted once unless you have a zero-fret.
Because the string tension is different, even with the right strings.
Because E is standard tuning and guitar notation is written that way.

It's a fine idea if it works for you but it's not something that would work for everyone, I don't actually know of that many bands or guitarists who switch around tuning that much unless they're playing material from different albums and so on.

Also this isn't a technique so this is the wrong forum for this post.

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lol! This whole forum has way too many sub-forums. Which one should this be in? The Electric Guitar or Acoustic Guitar or Guitar Gear & Accessories or Musician Talk?
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#6
Because then you still won't be able to play songs in minor third down tuning!
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#7
I've heard of people doing it

If it works for you, go for it
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#8
Why not have your guitar always tuned to D Standard, and keep a capo to quickly go to Eb and E standard? I mean this seems like a simple idea but I think it's a good one and nobody seems to do it.


But what if you still have to go down a semitone?

I have a friend who keeps his guitar in D standard with a capo on 2. Some people do it. I also have no idea what forum to put this in. Maybe musician talk, seeing as its mainly about transposition...