#1
I play everything with my fingers even when i'm strumming, and i've recently discovered how everything becomes easier and smoother and cooler sounding when i tune half step down. i don't see any reason why i should bother with standard at all when i can just put a capo on when i need it, but it kind of makes me feel like I'm cheating (ridiculous i know).

Is this standard practice or will it ruin my technique if i keep it half step down?
#2
Won't ruin your technique, its not really that much of a tension difference in my opinion. If it works for you thats great, sense you are already tuning down some I'd recommend playing around with DADGAD tuning as well. I tend to keep one acoustic tuned to standard then the other tuned to DADGAD for some fun irish sounding ideas etc.
#3
Are you singing also? Because if so, it simply might fit your vocal range a bit better.

Al Stewart recorded, "Roads to Moscow" a half step down in Eb minor. It's very ominous sounding. The Beatles,"Yesterday", is a full step tuned down. (Played in G, tuned to D standard), ostensibly to get rid of the G above middle C in the melody.
Last edited by Captaincranky at Jun 19, 2013,
#4
Yeah, I'm singing too and it is definitely a better fit for my vocal range as well as just feeling right.

Like Walt said, it really can't be all that much different tension wise, but it feels a hell of a lot different to me. it's like my fingers don't get caught on the strings as much and sort of slide effortlessly. I think small differences make a big difference to me, because i always have to spend to adjusting when playing on a different guitar.
#5
Get lighter gauge string, tune to standard
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#6
I keep my acoustic tuned a step down. More for vocal range than anything else, but there is a noticeable difference in tension, nothing huge, but I prefer it.
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Yeah, I'm singing too and it is definitely a better fit for my vocal range...[ ]....
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Get lighter gauge string, tune to standard
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#8
the only time i find tuning down helpful (i play fingerstyle 90% of the time, btw) is when a guitar has action too high for me or strings too heavy for me.

imo anything that makes playing easier is a plus, not cheating. it's a good thing. i do whatever i can to keep my guitar, strings and hardware from getting in the way of my playing. if you prefer the tone a half step down, it certainly won't hurt your guitar OR your playing to leave your guitar tuned down - my husband's guitars are all kept tuned down a full step, and i play fingerstyle on them periodically.
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