#2
Well..obviously?
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No.
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#5
Somewhat. Some of it can be perception, depending on how you arrange notes and such. A good example is the band UnderOath. In their new album, I thought they had downtuned to Drop C, but they just made good use of unusual dissonance chords and arranging powerchords well. And how heavy your tone is can come from your amp. If you downtune to Drop C and play through a Fender, you're gonna sound heavier, but not that much heavier tonewise. If you downtune to Drop C and play through a Mesa Recto, you're gonna be a chug-chug machine.
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#6
well maybe it might cause more vibration....and it makes bending easier...... but most of the time i stay in standard....
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#8
no, it doesnt, listen to early anthrax, like among the living. heavy(imo) but not downtuned. why? scott beats the **** out of the strings.
#9
Well it makes a lower sound then the matching positions of standard tunings, so I qualify that as heavier.
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#10
^anthrax isnt heavy at all.


that said, For Whom the Bell Tolls is heavy as, and its in standard. then again, listen to some death metal after that, its much heavier.


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Anthrax is heavy. If you look at it from the point of view from a metal listner, not really, but for the sake of everyone else (this ain't the metal forum), Anthrax is heavy.

It depends. You've gotta have some attitude behind the downtuning. Some of that ridiculously low tuning stuff with repetitive growls and blast beats with songsthat last for 2 minutes (eg alot of gore grind) is heavy by definition, but to me it's also so overdone that any 'heaviness' is lost in the boring repitition of the song, while a band like Vital Remains could play something in D that just kicks ass.
#12
yes, the overall sound of each string will be lower and deeper if you de-tune it, but that doesnt necessarily mean it will make it heavier....
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In the words of that dude whos name i've forgotten "You dont have to tune low to be heavy" those who've seen the roadrunner united DVD will know who i'm on about, this guy started tuning lower afterwards but it is true that you dont have to tune low to be heavy, its about what you play that makes it heavy
#16
down tuning a step can be cool at times for experimenting and practicing. i prefer standard tuning for solo's and occasionally down tuning for rythm parts. also makes the sound a bit fuller without a bass player.
#17
down tuning doesnt make heavy sounds...like was said before its the riff

i believe most or all pantera is in standard and dime wrote alot of heavy music

its all in how you play and attack the strings
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#19
slow attack and light muting gets a very heavy sound with the mids scooped on your amp. That I experiensed some days ago with a cheap strat knock off with just single coils (just a good kock off though, Morgan) tuned in standard E
#20
Not really, there have been heavy songs written in standard tunings, and heavy songs written in lower tunings.

Being slow (For example, end of Pantera - Domination = In standard tuning and heavy as ****) or being fast (Slayer - Raining Blood, yeah ok it's tuned down half a step but it's not a huge difference, it's still heavy when you transpose it up half a step) can also be heavy.

So tuning down isn't the be-all-and-end-all of being heavy, but it's one way of doing it.

Want to get low sounding riffs in standard tuning? Try playing the root on the A string and the 5th on the E string, for example:



A:-5-3-2-
E:-5-3-2-

#21
I think I'd best ask this question here rather than starting a new thread. If I wish to downtune to say, Drop C, without the strings being excessively limp (especially the lowest string), will a larger string gauge help, and if so, what gauge is best?
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I think I'd best ask this question here rather than starting a new thread. If I wish to downtune to say, Drop C, without the strings being excessively limp (especially the lowest string), will a larger string gauge help, and if so, what gauge is best?


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#23
Ya just increase your string size but you may need to do a setup if your making a big jump
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