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post Jul 7 2008, 06:28 PM
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I really don't understand why.


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post Jul 7 2008, 06:29 PM
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We down tune a guitar to get a darker sound ...


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post Jul 7 2008, 06:47 PM
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Some people do it to make the Strings looser and eaiser to bend.

Hendrix and SRV, almost exclusively played in Eb standard tuning.
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post Jul 7 2008, 06:54 PM
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QUOTE (Slammer @ Jul 7 2008, 06:47 PM) *
Some people do it to make the Strings looser and eaiser to bend.

Hendrix and SRV, almost exclusively played in Eb standard tuning.


Yep, SRV used like 13-58 gauge strings or somthing, and I don't know if you'd be able to bend those in normal tuning comfotably. smile.gif


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post Jul 7 2008, 07:52 PM
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Darker sound with more low end is being produced, also Eb key and chords has a nice warm dark sound that cannot be achieved with E chord.


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post Jul 7 2008, 08:03 PM
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Thank you guys!


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post Jul 7 2008, 09:15 PM
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The Eb tuning is often used i Power Metal music


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post Jul 7 2008, 09:32 PM
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could someone put an example? I mean like... "listen to x song, here the guitar is tuned to Eb..."

Any classic hit there as an example? Would be nice.

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post Jul 7 2008, 10:05 PM
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QUOTE (Xose Pineda @ Jul 7 2008, 04:32 PM) *
could someone put an example? I mean like... "listen to x song, here the guitar is tuned to Eb..."

Any classic hit there as an example? Would be nice.

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Voodoo Chile- Jimi Hendrix and SRV
Sweet Child O mine- Guns and Roses.
Little Wing. -Hendrix

LOL actually Virtually all Hendrix and SRV songs are in Eb tuning now that I think of it. Slash uses it alot too.

Of course there are tons of other players who use it, I'm sure another person will list some good ones.
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post Jul 7 2008, 10:09 PM
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Also people tend to down tune to make songs more comfortable for the singer when playing them from E would be a hustle for him and guitarists don't want to bother with transponding chords..


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post Jul 7 2008, 10:19 PM
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I think G'n'R tune to Eb on all albums aswell. Use Your Illusion 1 and 2 is atleast tuned to Eb.
I use it sometimes on my songs because i think, as Ivan said, it gives a darker feel


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post Jul 7 2008, 10:22 PM
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Hammerfall, Stratovarius, Sonata Arctica, Blind Guardian etc etc uses Eb tuning on their songs


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more metal.. i even downtune my 7 string.. the most metal tunning ever is dropped G smile.gif and then everything else A standard biggrin.gif

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post Jul 7 2008, 10:30 PM
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QUOTE (Trond Vold @ Jul 7 2008, 09:19 PM) *
I think G'n'R tune to Eb on all albums aswell. Use Your Illusion 1 and 2 is atleast tuned to Eb.
I use it sometimes on my songs because i think, as Ivan said, it gives a darker feel


I believe Appetite For Destruction is tuned in Eb as well smile.gif


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post Jul 7 2008, 11:16 PM
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QUOTE (Slammer @ Jul 7 2008, 11:05 PM) *
Of course there are tons of other players who use it, I'm sure another person will list some good ones.


Extreme & Van Halen as example.


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post Jul 8 2008, 12:17 AM
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QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ Jul 7 2008, 10:09 PM) *
Also people tend to down tune to make songs more comfortable for the singer when playing them from E would be a hustle for him and guitarists don't want to bother with transponding chords..


Great point, sometimes guitarists tune down to accommodate the singer's voice.


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post Jul 8 2008, 02:06 AM
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QUOTE (coffeeman @ Jul 7 2008, 12:28 PM) *
I really don't understand why.





Van Halen tuned down 1/2 a lot. Also, Poison tuned down on EVERY ALBUM i believe


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As I see it, it has a couple of benefits, that I really see as the reason for doing it:

- A slightly darker sound
- Those chords you are used to (Open, non-barré chords) become a bit more interesting, as they are no longer C, Am, G, but B, G#m and F# etc...

I'll add more later, maybe.


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post Jul 8 2008, 03:05 AM
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QUOTE (Slammer @ Jul 7 2008, 11:05 PM) *
Voodoo Chile- Jimi Hendrix and SRV
Sweet Child O mine- Guns and Roses.
Little Wing. -Hendrix

LOL actually Virtually all Hendrix and SRV songs are in Eb tuning now that I think of it. Slash uses it alot too.

Of course there are tons of other players who use it, I'm sure another person will list some good ones.


Nice list mate, thanks!


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post Jul 8 2008, 03:11 AM
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Well, I use it because it gives a darker sound, and because I love Sonata Arctica biggrin.gif


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