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  1. Miotch

    Miotch Senior Stratmaster

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    I hate alternate tuning. Not that it doesn't sound great, I just hate tuning a guitar differently. I've got plenty to do it, so I'd still have one in standard tuning, but I usually just keep one on the stand to easily reach for. So, my first-world problem is that I'd have to get out a case, open it, and then pick up another guitar. And that is insane.

    Right now learning Aerosmith's No More, No More, but in standard tuning. It can be done, but having to force my muscles to learn a new stretch chord pattern. .....sigh ....... It's hard to solve all of the world's problems when I have such an overwhelming problem of my own.
     
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  2. Chont

    Chont Most Honored Senior Member

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    i keep one guitar in Open tuning.

    Right now I have one in an Open A tuning and use a Capo to put it in C or D for for the two songs I've been using it for.

    Open D works well too and I stick a capo on it for Open E so i'm not tuning the strings too tight to get the open E.


    I can see your point though... it can be a bit of a Pita.
     
  3. WestBlueSurf

    WestBlueSurf Strat-Talk Member

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    I'm using only 3 way to play, that coz i',m hate alternate tuning too.

    Here it is: (non problem, ez to tune and return back to standard)

    1)Eb flat (standard tuning down on 1/2 step) very comfortable due to reducing string tension. Use when need to play some Hendrix, SRV, Yngwie stuff
    2) Drop down 1 step 6th string, other strings stays in std (use for heavier riffs)
    3) My favorite - E Standard)

    Sorry for captain obvious
     
  4. DeMelo

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    I kinda like open G and open E tunes. DADGAD not so much.

    When I have to play with those, I bring a guitar specifically set up for that tuning, though.
     
  5. AncientAx

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    Open G is cool !
     
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    albala Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I have one song I wrote in Open E but other than that, every guitar is in E Standard with an occasional drop D.
     
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    albala Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I have one song I wrote in Open E but other than that, every guitar is in E Standard with an occasional drop D.
     
  8. TepidPilot

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    Still trying to play decent in standard tuning, no need to confuse the issue.

    TP
     
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    I don't do Open tuneing any more. I use to but just don't any longer.
     
  10. montemerrick

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    a parlor guitar in open D is always by my side.
     
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    I really wanted to know what Derek Trucks was doing so I moved to open e and open d for a few years as I tried to master the slide (I did not). Ritchie Blackmore is a fantastic slide player, some of his best solos are slide, he uses standard tuning. I saw an interview with Warren Haynes where he talked about giving up on open tuning so I just followed that lead. Personally I have never really jelled with alternate tunings, open tunings and drop tunings, just not for me I guess.
     
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    Chont Most Honored Senior Member

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    What I do like about alt tunings is the disorientation that can happen where you are forced to think outside the box and not fall into familiar habits if you're working on ideas. When you start having to find different ways to play chords and intervals it sometimes leads to interesting things... some times it leads to frustration... especially when you're typing this and the error 500 pops up.
     
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  13. nungesser

    nungesser When I became of age my momma sat me down Strat-Talk Supporter

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    it's not as bad as changing strings :eek:
    I play slide so live by alternate tuning's
     
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    Slap on a set of 8's, tighten the truss rod, tune up to open C, and enjoy how BadCo is supposed to sound when covered.
     
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    Drop D is about all I use in alt tuning.
    May give DADGAD a try though.

    Sent from my SM-J320W8 using Tapatalk
     
  16. davidKOS

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    My guitars are for the most part in standard tuning.

    However, I love the instant tuning feature on the Variax, where with the touch of a dial I can be in Eb, drop D, a whole step down, open D or G, DADGAD, all while playing!

    Where I really get into other tunings is lap steel, where I use A6, C6, E13, C#m7, and other very cool tunings.

    I have played slide in D (E) or G (A), and standard tuning. Depends on the song or how many guitars you want to carry around.
     
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    I keep a telecaster tuned to open G for slide work and Keef riffs.

    Always goes down well at gigs.
     
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    Mansonienne Mod admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    sometimes I'm even too lazy to do drop D....
     
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    circles humaniod life form Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I stick with standard, but one day.
     
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    I try AND succeed.
     
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