#1
I was just reading the headline article on aerosmith, and in one of the comments someone said something about how all music today was just Drop D. (thats not the exact quote so dont kill me)

well...my band uses Drop D in some of our songs...the rest are in E Standard.

now i know **** bands like FOB use Drop D almost exclusively, but other then that why is using Drop D so bad? I realize that all the good classic rock bands used E Standard (and the Stones and Zeppelin ventured into Open D, G, and E) and that is still all around, but i dont see what the problem with Drop D is.

can anyone help me?
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#2
help you what? i don't understand where the trouble is...
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#3
Actually all bands today use Drop C, but w/e. And no, use whatever tuning you want, who the hell cares.

Personally I like standard, because I just memorized all the major/minor movable scale positions, and drop tuning would through the whole thing out of wack.
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#5
I think it sounds pretty good, even though I like standard and Drop C more though. It's just a matter of opinion, bro.
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#6
It's the lack of creativity. Power chords aren't very respectable...when you can play a powerchord with just one finger, people tend to think that you're really ****ing lazy
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#8
Why not, drop tuning is good IMO. Same as a lot of other tunings. To say drop tunings are lame, is to say all other tunings are lame.
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It's the lack of creativity. Power chords aren't very respectable...when you can play a powerchord with just one finger, people tend to think that you're really ****ing lazy


what lack of creativity? If you think about it all your doing is getting acess to a lower note(s). That messes up creativity?
#10
see thats what im wondering. our band is influenced HEAVILY by bands like Led Zepp and Black Sabbath and basically the whole bluesy thing...and we got songs in Drop D but we try to stay away from being boring and only powerchords like FOB..we got solos and stuff. good riffs. i wish i had some recordings to show you.
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what lack of creativity? If you think about it all your doing is getting acess to a lower note(s). That messes up creativity?


Well, I mean when playing pure powerchords and nothing else. I have nothing against drop D unless it's soul purpose is to just make powerchords easier for emo-punk bands
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#12
i dont like drop tunings because it ****s up the lay out of the notes for obvious reasons and i dont particularly like the sound of it anyway. i just like using E, Eb and D standard tunings
#13
It's just the ignorance of some people. Tunings are tunings, there is no right or wrong, don't ler pricks tell you otherwise. I've never ventured out of Eb, E, open G, drop D, or whole step down. Even whole step down and then drop the lwo string however. That's not to say any other tunings are bad, I just don't listen to/play music with other tunings than those.

And FOB isn't half bad. Niether is MCR. Shoot me.
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see thats what im wondering. our band is influenced HEAVILY by bands like Led Zepp and Black Sabbath and basically the whole bluesy thing...and we got songs in Drop D but we try to stay away from being boring and only powerchords like FOB..we got solos and stuff. good riffs. i wish i had some recordings to show you.


i still don't get what the problem is...
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see thats what im wondering. our band is influenced HEAVILY by bands like Led Zepp and Black Sabbath and basically the whole bluesy thing...and we got songs in Drop D but we try to stay away from being boring and only powerchords like FOB..we got solos and stuff. good riffs. i wish i had some recordings to show you.


Dude as long as you don't abuse powerchords it should be fine. Tune to whatever you want. Personally I like A G C F A D, Mastodon style .
#17
Generally, I stick to standard tunings but you know what, it's cool to experiment with different arrangements. Though when a band *****s that dropped tunings for the sake of being heavier and consistently use riffs that are almost identical to each other, then there's a problem.
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i still don't get what the problem is...

its not neccesarily that i have a problem, its just i dont understand why people are having a problem with such a trivial thing as tuning.

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It's just the ignorance of some people. Tunings are tunings, there is no right or wrong, don't ler pricks tell you otherwise. I've never ventured out of Eb, E, open G, drop D, or whole step down. Even whole step down and then drop the lwo string however. That's not to say any other tunings are bad, I just don't listen to/play music with other tunings than those.

And FOB isn't half bad. Niether is MCR. Shoot me.


i usually stay in all the same tunings. and i like MCR too. we can die together
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#19
As long as the music coming out of the amp is good, who cares?

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#20
its more likely to just play faster

so you can just use one finger to play it and you have a better reach
#23
It's a tuning.

Playing guitar is not a sport.

No one remembers that it's supposed to be art. It's stupid to care what tuning a band plays in.

****.


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Mark Tremonti used DADADD for Weathered...does that mean he sucks?


i think it was the frontman that made him suck...
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#26
i guess my main issue here was is that i just dont want my band filed away into some stupid kind of subcategory where people say "oh...another drop D band." i want em to say "hey. this band plays music. maybe i like em maybe i dont"
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#27
Lots of Soundgarden songs are in drop D, but they utilize drop D in a coll way to reach those lower notes. And soundgarden rocks.
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i guess my main issue here was is that i just dont want my band filed away into some stupid kind of subcategory where people say "oh...another drop D band." i want em to say "hey. this band plays music. maybe i like em maybe i dont"



trust me, whether or not you play in dropped-d is going to be the least of your worries...
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i guess my main issue here was is that i just dont want my band filed away into some stupid kind of subcategory where people say "oh...another drop D band." i want em to say "hey. this band plays music. maybe i like em maybe i dont"


That really depends on your audience. Most people in the world have no idea that guitars(or any instrument) can even be played in different tunings,
#30
There's nothing wrong with it but ever since a couple people started using it then it's because the way for some bands to sound cool and heavier. Nothing against drop tunings but some bands abuse them. I think dimebag used that tuning sometimes but he liked different tunings.

It's fun to experiment but abuse=bad
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#31
Sometimes it lets you do faster riffs. For example, Slither by Velvet Revolver, try playing it perfectly in standard; it's not that easy, and it sounds crummed up. Also, it gives you some darker notes, and makes you sound somewhat heavier.
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#32
oi... I wonder what the general age is for people on the pits? 'cause it seems more and more that it's 5 year old's... if that old.
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i usually stay in all the same tunings. and i like MCR too. we can die together


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FOB doesn't have any intense instrumental stuff, but they're catchy and good to listen to. And that's what music is about, listening.

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#35
yeah you know i prolly have been hard on FOB...Thanks For The Memories was pretty good and Dance Dance was always fun to listen to.

youre right about the listening part FoolOnThePlanet...i wish more people would be like that.
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#36
Remember, Alot of classical pieces are In D. ANd they were written before the guys from aerosmith were born, so F\/ck them.

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youre right about the listening part FoolOnThePlanet...i wish more people would be like that.




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#38
awww.... how cute...
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#39
I don't believe in tuning elitism....I used to get crap form my friends for playing in drop D, but that's just because I needed access to the octave it opened up for me and it made playing certain chords muche asier and allowed me to speed them up and create unique time figures.

I play in Eb and C# now....and they're much prefered to other tunings I've used, but I don't judge based on it. ****, my guitar instructor used to do piccolo tuning sometimes and I thought it was really cool.

Alot of chords sound really sweet in C#...try a G-chord in C# and you'll just melt.
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