#1
I'll make this quick, tuning half a step down is when you tune the guitar to
Eb
Bb
Gb
Db
Ab
Eb

there are several reasosn why people do that (SRV Jimi hendrix) It can be that they aren't that good at singing (Eb is closer to normal speech), or it can be that they use heavy strings (on some guitars the neck can burst if you tune it in standard tuning with .13 or heavvier) or it might just be that they want a "rawer" sound.
#2
Or to better fit a vocalist (not meaning the vocalist isn't 'good.'
The neck can't 'burst' it's about the setup and truss rod *well. maybe some First-Acts could)
Timbre changes, it's may be a 'rawer' sound but it's called a timbre change.


Way too short, and not specific enough.
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#3
well, hendrix and srv DID use heavier string that people usually do (.12 if im not wrong) and the tuning is not only that its easier to sing along to but it makes the strings.....'softer' in a way, i mean, it takes a LOT les to do a 2 bend en Eb that on standard, and you run less risk of breaking the string..
...it sound nice being more grave too..and since they are heavier strings they dont sound floppy like lighter gauges would do tuned down
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#4
Also alot of the time you get a sortof deeper sound when you hit the low E which some people like..
#6
^this coming from the guy who said if you couldnt read sheet music you werent a guitarist.

ON TOPIC: its WAY too short to be an article, and IMO its sort of common sense why people tune down. to me theres 2 main reasons. they need to (voice, heavier strings) or they want to(lower notes, strings sound 'looser' etc)
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Also alot of the time you get a sortof deeper sound when you hit the low E which some people like..

A sort of deeper sound? It IS a deeper sound.
#8
the neck can burst?? how can a neck 'burst'?
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#9
^ I think he just means it'll snap or break or something lol
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#10
Some people find it easier to play faster. Take Slayer for example, practicaly everything is in Eb.
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^this coming from the guy who said if you couldnt read sheet music you werent a guitarist.

ON TOPIC: its WAY too short to be an article, and IMO its sort of common sense why people tune down. to me theres 2 main reasons. they need to (voice, heavier strings) or they want to(lower notes, strings sound 'looser' etc)



agreed on every single word
#13
most GNR is half step
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#15
Drop down half a step for more tension so bends are easier, also easier for the vocalist. It also gives it a deeper sound and is gentler on the neck and bridge.
#16
Why is it easier to sing with this tuning? If you play a song on the same key as the original(on standard tuning) it would be just the same. If you drop the key of the song then it makes a little sense.
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#17
some peoples voices are deeper and so their comfort zone would be lower... so they would strain their voices less if the song was tuned down half a step
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#18
I dont think that this article has enough substance to be submitted, I wouldn't do it.
#19
i use that tuning because i can use a normal string gauge but its not a tight . its easier to bend and shred IMO
#20
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I heard Toni Iommi was the first. IDK if that's correct or not though.


its correct, Tony Iommi lost the tips of two fingers on his left hand while working in a metal factory, so he started using melted bottles to replace the tips, but since his fingers were still tender he just detuned it to lower the tension and the pain.
#21
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its correct, Tony Iommi lost the tips of two fingers on his left hand while working in a metal factory, so he started using melted bottles to replace the tips, but since his fingers were still tender he just detuned it to lower the tension and the pain.

People we're tuning down before Iommi. Like Hendrix.
#22
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People we're tuning down before Iommi. Like Hendrix.

in the 1400s and earlier, people were using alternate tunings.

and I prefer C# standard
#23
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its correct, Tony Iommi lost the tips of two fingers on his left hand while working in a metal factory, so he started using melted bottles to replace the tips, but since his fingers were still tender he just detuned it to lower the tension and the pain.

Yes, he was going to quit playing guitar until he was inspired to keep playing by Django Reinhardt who also lost two fingers in an accident.