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#1
Such as drop D, C, B... whatever.

I play alot in drop tunings and I like it
Playing in standard for some clean stuff but most of my stuff is in drop.
#2
Honestly? Depends on the application. I know that's kind of a vague answer, but it's the truth. For instance, if you're watching some local group play, and they've drop D'ed because it makes it easier for them to power chord or what not...not so much. But there's a guy around here who plays these really interesting acoustical guitar pieces in drop D, and I dig that. So, it's all in the application for me.
#3
It's not because it's easier to powerchord. That's a misconception of use.
It allows use of powerchords that arn't really possible with standard, and it allows a player to play a step lower without tuning his whole guitar all the way down, and also allows different chording options.

before anyone starts a dumb rant we hear every time:
Steve Vai:: Bad Horsie: STFU. =]
And that's just one of many I could name.
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#4
i like to but i cant be botherd since i got my OFR gee-tar. i realy cant be booshed with the spreing tension and such.
#6
I tend to be in Drop D most of the time because a lot of my favourite bands use it. When I'm writing I like to use Drop D sometimes but I think using standard tuning can make me come up with some more interesting chord shapes rather than just using powerchords all the time.
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#10
Neat harmonics, easier metal riffs, fast palm mutes. I like 'em.
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#11
alot of people over use drop tunings... but nothing wrong with standard tuning
#12
I do most of my acoustic and elec stuff in drop C because I love the bass-y tones, but I also have a couple acoustics and a 12-string in standard. Really just depends on what mood I'm in.

On a side note, drop C + clean = win
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#13
I don't like em, it prevents me from playing most songs in standard tuning. You can play any chord on standard tuning as well, most drop-tuning songs only use power chords anyway.
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#14
Quote by -Collapse-
It's not because it's easier to powerchord. That's a misconception of use.
It allows use of powerchords that arn't really possible with standard, and it allows a player to play a step lower without tuning his whole guitar all the way down, and also allows different chording options.

before anyone starts a dumb rant we hear every time:
Steve Vai:: Bad Horsie: STFU. =]
And that's just one of many I could name.


+1
I hate the way everyone thinks drop tunings are just for chugging out powerchords and doing covers of "I cum blood"
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#15
I play in standard about 99% of the time.
The other 1% is either half step down or an open tuning for slide.
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#16
Quote by -Collapse-
It's not because it's easier to powerchord. That's a misconception of use.
It allows use of powerchords that arn't really possible with standard, and it allows a player to play a step lower without tuning his whole guitar all the way down, and also allows different chording options.

before anyone starts a dumb rant we hear every time:
Steve Vai:: Bad Horsie: STFU. =]
And that's just one of many I could name.


I didn't say that exclusively, in fact, I thought I made it clear that I didn't like when it was used to just chug along. I think we're on the same basic page.
#17
I play drop tunings for a lot of my heavier stuff, because of exactly that.... down-tuned guitars and a bass drum, just sound good together.... the lower the drop tuned the better. Also, I play a lot of open D as well.... really nice chordal patterns and progressions come from open tunings, even with high gain.
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#18
I dislike this "I can't be bothered to play chords properly" mind of dropping the E string.

However when it's for something like Vai's Bad Horsie or Building the Church it's all gewd.
#19
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#20
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#21
when i wirte a song i write either drop or standard, depending on the feel of the song, for a faster thrashier sound i use drop, for the simple reason i can riff easier. then once im done i drop it a step and then again.. and just choose which one i prefer, so in answer....

i just use drop as and when its needed, its not compulsory
#22
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+1
I hate the way everyone thinks drop tunings are just for chugging out powerchords and doing covers of "I cum blood"

lol. I Cum Blood is in Eb.
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#23
I hate them, cos I have a tremolo...
Can't be bothered to set it to a different tuning, though... I like the sound of drop tunings
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#24
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^ Some of the greatest innovations were made with unorthodox techniques. Those who believe in a "proper" way to do something are sacrificing the fundamental ideology behind all art forms: to be creative.


I used the wrong words.

I meant, I don't like lazy assholes who can't be assed to use two fingers for their powerchords.
Just trying to be a lil' more classy about it
#25
I prefer standard tuning and spend 90% of my time there. Though drop C is sexy at times. I dont really like drop D
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#27
yeah, the statement about being able to play unique power chords in drop tunings is invalid because you can play the same chords without one finger by tuning all the other strings down a step. so that part sounds like horse**** to me.
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#28
I like how they sound, but because of my LFR, it's a pain to retune all the time. That's why I leave my Dinky in standard tuning and my Yamaha RGX in drop D.
#29
I don't mind them as long as their not killed, then raised from the dead, and killed again.
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#30
I tune my les Paul to a half-step down. That is it. I can't tune to anything else and stand it for any amout of time. I like 1/s step down it is my favorite. and it was what my first guitar was tuned too, back when i learned blues.
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#31
I write most of my band's songs in either Eb (Ab Db Gb Bb Eb) or Drop Db (same as Drop D but half step lower).

Personally I find that Eb sounds a lost more metal and badass than regular E.
I'll use Drop D (flat) vs standard (flat) when I want to play a song that sounds heavier.. I'm not really a big fan of tuning all the strings down too much because the tension gets really low and the strings get floppy (I use Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottom strings).

Also I feel like my tone gets a little muddy when I tune down too low (not a hardware problem.. I have EMGs / Blackouts and decent guitars/amp).
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#32
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yeah, the statement about being able to play unique power chords in drop tunings is invalid because you can play the same chords without one finger by tuning all the other strings down a step. so that part sounds like horse**** to me.


Actually, using Drop D helps move the low note closer on the fingerboard to the rest of the notes, so that you can include some higher notes in the chord.

If you played those in standard, your hands would be stretched too far.
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#33
I play in Standard or Drop tunings depending on what I feel like....."I like playing my acoustic in Drop D because of how dark the once E string sounds and I can make odd chord shapes....I prefer Standard so I can do power chords then do some straight 5ths....
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#34
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Actually, using Drop D helps move the low note closer on the fingerboard to the rest of the notes, so that you can include some higher notes in the chord.

If you played those in standard, your hands would be stretched too far.

that's true, but I'm talking about your standard 2 or 3 note power chords.
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#35
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#38
i like Dagad and Drop D they are nice for playing like rock and alt rock but i like falt the best standard b is my fav tuneing i use for everything<3
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#39
When you drop D, you can play powerchords faster than you would with conventional tuning.

I like dropping down a whole step, then doing some sort of open tuning. This leaves room for the capo to do it's job, and for my strings to live another day.
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#40
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D standard tuning=win.

Indeed it is.

I decided to give it a shot after hearing some Insomnium and going "damn, I need to learn to play that". I've never been a fan of drop tunings though, just because I like keeping my scale shapes the same.

And to all those bitching about changing tunings with a OFR, you're complaining about nothing because it really isn't that hard. It takes me just just over five minutes to go from standard to down a full step.
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