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#1
Whats a good tune for a metal sound? I have a Squirer Start that I wanna make a Metal sound with it.
#3
Any tuning will wound metal wit the right amp and some distortion.
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#6
drop b
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#7
Drop D/ D standard
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#8
Leave it in standard and start using minor and minor harmonic.
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#10
The tuning is just icing on the cake. Your pickups, amp, and the things you play matter a lot more.
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#11
Yeah, a metal sound isn't acquired through tunings.

Some of the best metal bands in the history of...metal have been in standard tuning...metallica, black sabbath, megadeth, etc.

Metal = heavy distortion.
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#14
I like D standard, which is just one step down from standard - Gives you a better sound spectrum imo and helps with bending and what not.

But like others have stated, it's more in tone and your equipment.
#15
You aren't going to be able to make that squier sound like metal by tuning. You need a good amp and distortion. And a better guitar.

Usually the tuning is drop d or drop c.
#16
Quote by virusoflife26
Yeah, a metal sound isn't acquired through tunings.

Some of the best metal bands in the history of...metal have been in standard tuning...metallica, black sabbath, megadeth, etc.


Well, Sabbath used Eb, D, and C# standard along with E standard. "Mob Rules" is in standard, "Paranoid" is in Eb, while "Into the Void" is in C#(at least, that's what it sounds like to me). Man, I love "Into the Void."
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#17
+1

Good catch, man.

But to be fair, metallica started using dropped tunings later on in their career...i meant for the majority of aforementioned bands careers' they used standard.

But good catch, nonetheless.
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#18
Quote by virusoflife26
+1

Good catch, man.

But to be fair, metallica started using dropped tunings later on in their career...i meant for the majority of aforementioned bands careers' they used standard.

But good catch, nonetheless.


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Well, Sabbath used Eb, D, and C# standard along with E standard. "Mob Rules" is in standard, "Paranoid" is in Eb, while "Into the Void" is in C#(at least, that's what it sounds like to me). Man, I love "Into the Void."

"Death Mask/Into the Void" is my favorite Sabbath song to play. It is in C# standard, as is all (or most) of the Masters of Reality album.

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#20
most metal bands these days play in drop d and some in drop c or b. But you really just need a good amp to make it sound metal.
#21
drop G awesome

but yeah get some buckers in that strat and a 5150 and youll be metal all the way
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#22
the "Six String Bass" tuning.

EADGBe

but an octave down.

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#23
I think the best tunings for metal would be E, Eb, D, C#, C, B, A# or A. maybe G or F# if you're avantgarde
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#24
Any tuning.

Please don't be a twat and think "Oh lawd, onlee Drop C and lower is metul!" Play in whatever tuning feels right for you. If you like E play in it, so on and so forth.
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cuz ppl hate how power metal they are cuz they think its "gay" or w.e, which is immature and dirogitory
#25
personally i like Drop-C and D-standard.
but the biggest metal bands have palyed standard as well.
It depends on your tone.
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#27
There is no "Metal tuning", it's how you play in whatever tuning.

I prefer D Standard or Standard.....D Standard give a darker sound than Standard but isn't too low for me......The lowest I think I'll ever go is B Standard/Drop A.
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Drop c#, palm muting, tremb picking and pinch harmonics, play on the bridge pickup!


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#32
Tunings aren't heavy, the riffs played are heavy.

People don't seem to realize this anymore.
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#33
Quote by Slaytanic1993
Tunings aren't heavy, the riffs played are heavy.

People don't seem to realize this anymore.


True dat.

Low tuning =/= heavy. If this were true, everyone could go round saying bass guitars are 'heavier' than electric guitars because they're tuned lower.
#34
Quote by Tom_hatton
True dat.

Low tuning =/= heavy. If this were true, everyone could go round saying bass guitars are 'heavier' than electric guitars because they're tuned lower.


I hate this new trend that if you want to be 'heavy' you have to play in Drop C or lower.

Makes us metalheads look like idiots.
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#35
Quote by Tom_hatton
Drop H.

Please. Q# standard is where it's at.

On-topic, if you're on a budget and don't need to gig, you could just get a decent OD/dist. pedal and something with humbuckers. You'll be hard-pressed to get a "metal tone" as you are.
#36
What sort of metal are you shooting for?

Bands like Iron Maiden would use Stratocasters in unison in Standard to get that fast and rather melodic style to their playing.

As well as the aforementioned bands, it's not so much the tuning that makes the music heavy, rather the attitude and the riff being played.
#37
i use Drop D Standard its really up to u wat tuning you want just try some of the alternate tunings and see wat 1 u like
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#38
Quote by Tom_hatton
Low tuning =/= heavy.


True.

Paramore is in Drop C#.

Quo Vadis in standard.

Who sounds heavier?
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#39
I play metal in standard.
Makes most brutalz sound more trebly, and I like the highs.
Example: Dethklok's Go Into The Water is just as brutal in E as it is in C.
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#40
It's easier to get a Metal sound from drop tunings such as Drop D/C#/C, etc because of the use of barre chords, but you can still obtain a Metal sound from Standard tuning as well, you just have to know which chords sound ~Metal~. Since you are using a Strat, I would stay in Standard or Drop D (unless you apply thicker strings) in obtaining a Metal tone, a Metal amp would help out a lot though.
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