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#3
A ton of bands use it... Guns and Roses, older AC\DC, older Dokken. Just search tabs by tuning to determine which of your favorite bands use it.
#4
I know that taking back sunday and paramore tune most of their songs half step down
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#5
Egad, man. Hendrix uses that tuning, Nirvana has a lot of half-step stuff, Metallica during their Load/Reload period, SRV, and my band. And that's just at the top of my head.
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#10
do you mean down one semitone? ummm paramore, funeral for a freind most pop-punk bands tend to but yer why?
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Egad, man. Hendrix uses that tuning, Nirvana has a lot of half-step stuff, Metallica during their Load/Reload period, SRV, and my band. And that's just at the top of my head.


did Hendrix use the tuning for all his career or just the later stuff?
#14
Loads of pieces are in this tuning. James Jamerson tuned down a half-step when he recorded "Since I Lost My Baby" for the Temptations.
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#15
If my band's vocalist has a cold or something and doesn't fancy straining his voice we drop everything half a step. It's much more comfortable for him to sing in when he's not on top of the world and for some songs it sounds really good.

Eb is really the only alternative tuning i use.

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#16
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did Hendrix use the tuning for all his career or just the later stuff?

Considering his first album was in 1967 and he died in 1971, I'm not sure there's "later stuff", but even then, it's all half-step.
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#18
Slayer, Metallica, and older Cannibal Corpse. Those are just some to get you started, if you're into metal.
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#19
alexisonfire, thin lizzy
only ones i can think of at the moment


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do you mean down one semitone? ummm paramore, funeral for a freind most pop-punk bands tend to but yer why?


funeral for a friend use drop C#

most 80s rock/metal is half step, Jimi Hendrix,

some green day as well i think...
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#21
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I know that taking back sunday and paramore tune most of their songs half step down

Paramore uses Drop-D and Drop-C#
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Considering his first album was in 1967 and he died in 1971, I'm not sure there's "later stuff", but even then, it's all half-step.


He died in September 1970.

Nirvana stole the idea from Killing Joke and New Order. However they (KJ) influenced were by dub which used it all the time. It is nothing new, bands like Hawkwind sound like they used a tuned down bass in the 1960's.
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Paramore uses Drop-D and Drop-C#


yeah, while they're tuned down
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He died in September 1970.

Nirvana stole the idea from Killing Joke and New Order. However they (KJ) influenced were by dub which used it all the time. It is nothing new, bands like Hawkwind sound like they used a tuned down bass in the 1960's.

Well there you go. Didn't someone significant die in 1971? Jim Morrison?
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Here are some bands that have used this tuning:

* Slayer (For every album up to Diabolus in Musica.)
* Megadeth (only for the whole album Youthanasia)
* Dream Theater
* Rise Against
* The Killers
* The Smashing Pumpkins
* Jimi Hendrix
* Thin Lizzy
* Gwar
* Motörhead
* Simple Plan
* Taking Back Sunday
* Poison
* Rhino Bucket
* Guns N' Roses
* Led Zeppelin
* Coheed and Cambria
* Relient K
* Weezer
* Nirvana
* Stevie Ray Vaughan
* Iced Earth
* Green Day
* Eskimo Joe
* Stone Sour
* Kiss
* The Velvet Underground
* Dashboard Confessional
* Van Halen
* Alice in Chains
* CKY
* The Wildhearts
* Yngwie Malmsteen
* Phil Ochs
* Circa Survive
* Metallica

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#30
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Considering his first album was in 1967 and he died in 1971, I'm not sure there's "later stuff", but even then, it's all half-step.


I should have said was stuff past the first album, which is apparently in standard.
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On "Blood Sugar Sex Magik", the Chili Peppers used that tuning some.


Only on If You Have To Ask, I think.
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#34
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Only on If You Have To Ask, I think.


No, it's more than that. i don't know which ones, but I read a Guitar World interview with Flea. A handful of the songs use 1/2 step tuning. In fact, he said that he thinks "If You Have To Ask" is a whole step down.

But, w/e...
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No, it's more than that. i don't know which ones, but I read a Guitar World interview with Flea. A handful of the songs use 1/2 step tuning. In fact, he said that he thinks "If You Have To Ask" is a whole step down.

But, w/e...


Well, I know that Naked in the Rain is drop D, Righteous and Wicked is on a 5er, and Power of Equality has it's E string dropped down to Eb. Can't remember the rest
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#36
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I should have said was stuff past the first album, which is apparently in standard.

I'm pretty sure that Manic Depression and Hey Joe are half-step.
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#38
Try playing songs that are usually standard as a half step down...some stuff sounds really good with that adjustment...plus its easier for vocalists if they are abit flat!
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#39
Everything off Coheed's Good Apollo in in Eb Standard tuning
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#40
Alice In Chains, Stone Sour (in some songs), A.F.I., Stevie Ray Vaughn, Rise Against, Weezer, and Guns N' Roses are all I can think of as of now.

Also, in the dropped version of half-step down, a lot of bands play in this tuning.

Just drop the low e-string as you would in dropped-D tuning (which I assume you're already familiar with).

Here are some bands that play in dropped Db/C#.

Smile Empty Soul (All songs)
Chevelle (on songs off of Sci-Fi Crimes)
Theory of a Deadman (some songs)
Puddle of Mudd (most songs)
Egypt Central (most songs)
Nirvana (Some songs off of In Utero and in "Blew")
Before Their Eyes (debut and some songs after that)
Breaking Benjamin (used exclusively on their debut, and used somewhat in their future albums)
Three Days Grace (Just Like You)
Collective Soul (Shine)
Deftones (on some songs)
Evans Blue (used exclusively on their debut)
Finch (used exclusively on their debut)
Linkin Park (Hybrid Theory, excluding like 2 songs or so, and in Meteora)
Rise Against (Midnight Hands)
Scars on Broadway [Daron Malakian's side project, highly recommend checking it out] (used exclusively on their debut )
System of a Down (Hypnotize/Mesmerize)
Seether (on some songs, mainly used in Karma and Effect, with some songs in future albums)
Shinedown (in some songs)
SR-71 (used exclusively in Tomorrow)
10 Years (the guitarists tune their guitars to an open Dsus tuning, which is obviously a half-step down, but one can play their songs in dropped-Db/C#)

Hope this helps you some in your journey.
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