#1
Which do you prefer and why?

I used to always say standard but lately I've been playing in Eb, and when playing on my own it seems to aid my sound by being slightly more "low end" and thicker.

It seems better for vibrato, playing faster, using less tension (in the arms) and also in helping me get that "stratty" sound.

Are there any draw backs to playing in Eb though, and can it damage the ear, as in ear training/etc when jamming with others in standard?

Post your thoughts and opinions!
#2
I use both a lot...my electric guitars are tuned to E standard, but my acoustic is in Eb.
I personally think that Eb sounds more natural to the ear when you play chords and things, but E is more common and what your ear wants to hear until you teach it otherwise.
As long as it is tuned properly, you won't bugger up your ear training, that only happens if you're in Eb# or somthing, which is basically a quarter-tone lower than E rather than a semitone...
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#4
my tunings nowadays are all over the place. well, usually E or D standard then i used the "drop versions" (like drop D and drop C) generally i just decide on the tuning before i record a song (like i wrote a song in drop D but decided it will be in drop C when i record it)
#5
The tunings that I play in are:

Eb Standard,
D Standard,

And their dropped variants.

I rarely play in Standard, even when I'm covering something originally in standard. I'm also fond of using strange and open tunings.
#6
I usually have my guitar in D Standard. I don't normally use flat or sharp tunings at all.
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#8
I've been keeping my flying V in Eb lately because all the songs I've been working on are in Eb. It has a great sound to it, and is really nice if you want to break out of a rut by adding some spice to your sound. I hate it when people play in Eb all the time though (mainly because it makes Van Halen, Hendrix, Malmsteen etc. songs so annoying to play :p, and most people who do use it do. I mainly play in standard.
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#9
always standard, never drop tune any strings, because quite frankly, there are very few people ive met who know the guitar well enough to successfully pull off an alternate tuning
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always standard, never drop tune any strings, because quite frankly, there are very few people ive met who know the guitar well enough to successfully pull off an alternate tuning


I think when people play in D or Eb standard they just treat it as if it's E Standard, if that makes sense - as it's usually the whole band going it. So the 5th fret would PROBABLY be referred to as the A Minor pentatonic bassline.
#14
All tunings have their place. I prefer standard though. flat tunings.... Eb, drop D, Drop C.... are cliche and overused IMO. Not to say they dont sound good... it just seems like thats all anyone uses now.
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#15
I tend to use standard E when I'm writing softer things, Eb when I want to add some extra bite, normally thrash, and drop D and lower tunings (both standard and dropped) for heavier stuff. I don't normally use drop Db though, I normally go right down to drop C.

Of course, I also like to mix these up a bit, like writing acoustic stuff in standard C, that kind of thing.
#16
I use standard more than I use Eb but I use standard D tuning (DGCFAd) more than any other six string tuning. For my seven string, I use standard mostly.
#19
i have 3 guitars and they are tune to E, D, and C standard. D and C is for playing bodom and arch enemy and stuff. but E is the one that i can really exercise my theory knowledge on without getting stuck.
#20
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Which do you prefer and why?

I used to always say standard but lately I've been playing in Eb, and when playing on my own it seems to aid my sound by being slightly more "low end" and thicker.

It seems better for vibrato, playing faster, using less tension (in the arms) and also in helping me get that "stratty" sound.

Are there any draw backs to playing in Eb though, and can it damage the ear, as in ear training/etc when jamming with others in standard?

Post your thoughts and opinions!

i use Eb because i use guage 12-56 strings and do a lot of fast playing and bends. it jsut makes things easier to play. plus, it gives you that option of playing lower chords. which is good because it suits my voice a little better. my voice isnt that high so those flat notes are easier to hit that the regular ones.

i dont think it can affect any ear training. you just have to remember what notes are where on tha fretboard. if you are playing in A you just have to go to the 6th fret instead of the 5th. but it still sounds like A so it wouldnt affect any ear training.
#21
I occasionally use B (BEADf#b) F (FBbEbAbce) and F#(F#BEAc#f#). B is a fourth lower, F and F# are a minor and major second HIGHER. Usually I play in standard though.
#22
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All tunings have their place. I prefer standard though. flat tunings.... Eb, drop D, Drop C.... are cliche and overused IMO. Not to say they dont sound good... it just seems like thats all anyone uses now.

if any tuning is overused, its standard.
#23
i prefer Eb tuning. it's a much more natural sounidng key, and its more common in the major scales, but most bands these days dont even play or sing in set key, so im not sure what to think anymore