#1
Sorry for the stupid question but I'm a massive guitar noob. Just want to confirm these are the right tunings...

Drop C (Whole Step Down)
DGCFAD

Drop C (Half Step Down)
D# G# C# F# A# D#

Drop D (What's this called?)
DADGBE

Thanks
#2
Close, but not quite. I would suggest a learning all the chords and notes in Standard Tuning EADGBE, before you try learning drop tunings. I know its tempting, but in the long run your just gonna confuse the hell out of yourself. Especially if you cant even properly name the tunings you want to tune to.

Drop C
CGCFAD

D# Tuning ( Half step down from standard)
D#G#C#F#A#D#

Drop D (AKA Drop D)
DADGBE
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#3
Descending musical alphabet from E Standard (each note is a half step down):
E - D# - D - C# - C - B - A# - A - G# - G - F# - F

Standard tunings raise or lower all of the strings by the same amount of half steps (aka semitones). Drop tunings do the same thing, but then lower your lowest string another 2 half steps.

So E Standard = E A D G B E
D Standard = D G C F A D
But Dropped D = D A D G B E
Or Dropped C = C G C F A D

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#4
Okay thanks for the replies.

So...

Half-Step D: D#G#C#F#A#D#
Drop D: DGCFAD

Half-Step C: C#G#C#F#A#D#
Drop C: CGCFAD

Is that correct?
#5
Quote by guitarnoobieeee
Okay thanks for the replies.

So...

Half-Step D: D#G#C#F#A#D#
Drop D: DGCFAD

Half-Step C: C#G#C#F#A#D#
Drop C: CGCFAD

Is that correct?

D# Standard
D Standard

Drop C#
Drop C
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Quote by guitarnoobieeee
Okay thanks for the replies.

So...

Half-Step D: D#G#C#F#A#D#
Drop D: DGCFAD

Half-Step C: C#G#C#F#A#D#
Drop C: CGCFAD

Is that correct?


The way I've always known it, which most people seem to understand and agree on, is that you don't call a tuning "drop-whatever" unless the low string is dropped an extra step compared to the others, so it's a 5th down from the next string, rather than a 4th.

D#G#C#F#A#D# is still tuned in fourths, except for the one third from the F# to A#. Just standard tuning, down a half step. So that's just Eb Standard.

DGCFAD is the same deal, but down a full step. So that's just D Standard. Same with Db (or C#) Standard, if you go another half step.

Drop D is Standard tuning, with the low string dropped a full step to D, while the rest stay the same. So, DADGBE.

Using the same pattern as reference, Drop C must have the low string dropped a full step from where it would be in a standard (fourths) tuning, but that full step has to bring it to C. Which means that the rest of the strings must be dropped to where they'd be in D Standard, so the rest of the strings are in fourths (with the third interval between the 3rd and 2nd strings). So, yeah, Drop C would be CGCFAD.
#8
Since when did people start saying D# Standard? It was always Eb to me...
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#9
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Since when did people start saying D# Standard? It was always Eb to me...

Varies from person to person.

I think most musicians will know that D# and Eb are the same when discussing tunings.

It's kinda like B in some European countries being known as H. It always throws someone off when it is used.
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Since when did people start saying D# Standard? It was always Eb to me...


Since **** flats (always).
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