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post Jun 20 2007, 11:22 PM
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when you tune to drop D tuning are you suppose to tune all strings diffrently or is it just the thickest e.

plus when i do that the e string is very tense (i don't know the word for it but i think it is tense) so it doesen't fell comfortalbe to play.

please help me all my favourite songs are played in Drop D tuning.
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post Jun 20 2007, 11:24 PM
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From what I hear you just drop the low E string.

It should not seem tighter... it should be looser because you're flattening it.


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post Jun 20 2007, 11:35 PM
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In standard tuning, the 5th fret on the E string is an A, which a lot of people use for tuning (i dont know if you do) as if your E string is in tune the next thing to do is A. For drop D, you want to drop it down a tone so that the 7th fret of the E string is an A.

[edit] to explain more fully, as you know the musical alphabet goes A BC D EF G (minus sharps and flats), so since you're starting at E (note the way I wrote it, F is one semitone sharp of E, so D is one tone flat of E) you want to "drop" it down to D.

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post Jun 20 2007, 11:48 PM
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All you do is make your Low E go down to a D play the 4th string and the 6th string together to get the right pitch. Its easy!!


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post Jun 21 2007, 12:42 AM
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Tune Low E half a step down. My way of tuning it.. take a tuner, plug it in, play it until it says D biggrin.gif


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post Jun 21 2007, 01:01 AM
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QUOTE (Ryan @ Jun 20 2007, 04:48 PM) *
All you do is make your Low E go down to a D play the 4th string and the 6th string together to get the right pitch. Its easy!!


Well you don't want it the same pitch as the D string, you might break your E string if you do that (that'd be tuning UP) but yeah the same note but not pitch.

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Tune Low E half a step down. My way of tuning it.. take a tuner, plug it in, play it until it says D biggrin.gif



You want it to be DADGBE, instead of EADGBE, so you need to tune it a whole step not a half step.


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post Jun 22 2007, 07:52 PM
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QUOTE (Smikey2006 @ Jun 20 2007, 05:42 PM) *
Tune Low E half a step down. My way of tuning it.. take a tuner, plug it in, play it until it says D biggrin.gif


i think that works well.


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