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Do any of you also try to avoid alternate tuning?

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  1. omahaaudio

    omahaaudio Senior Stratmaster

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    I just LOVE alternative tunings.
    My guitars are usually tuned to DADF#AD (Open D) and it makes my life so much easier.
    It means that I can sound like I know what I'm doing some of the time.
     
  2. BallisticSquid

    BallisticSquid Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm still trying to figure out standard tuning, let alone alternate tuning!

    Drop D can be great fun, but not on stage when you have a floating trem on your guitar and have to retune every string to bring the bridge back into balance....and repeat the process back to standard tuning for the next song.
     
  3. axejock

    axejock Senior Stratmaster

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    I know very little about alternate tunings. Standard tuning works well for whatever I do. But are differently tuned guitars the main reason so many pros change guitars frequently during a performance?
     
  4. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR I appreciate, therefore I am... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I don't "avoid" them per se' (and have dabbled around with some)...

    I guess I've always felt that only after I have completely exhausted all the possibilities available with standard tuning then I might consider really delving into alternate tunings... so... maybe in my next life?

    For beginning guitarist especially, I say you have plenty to learn just playing in standard tuning, unless you're one of those "do the exact opposite of everybody else" kind of people, then, well, by all means blaze your own trail! You might just be the next Taylor Swift...

    Otherwise, we're still talking about the exact same notes after all, and, while there are no doubt some things that are more effectively played using alternate tunings, standard tuning still makes the most sense with the vast majority of music out there. Besides, so far I've been able to fake it when necessary (the audience rarely notices the subtleties that we musicians obsess over), so I've never felt especially drawn towards using any other tuning as of yet...

    Of course there's nothing wrong with experimenting, so why not?



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  5. Morf2540

    Morf2540 Strat-O-Master

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    I tried open G to play Stones songs, but then the notes were in all the wrong places.
     
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  6. SAguitar

    SAguitar Senior Stratmaster

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    I've been doing this for 50 years now, and have never had a great experience with a tuning other than standard, so I think I'll just stick with what I know.
     
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  7. 808K

    808K Senior Stratmaster

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    I like simple. And I’m lazy. And I’m not very good. So standard is enough of a challenge for me.
     
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  8. tukoztukoz

    tukoztukoz Strat-Talker

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    Open G exclusively for 25 years, and on each one of my 50 and more guitars. I can’t go back to standard tuning.
     
  9. GuitarMechanic

    GuitarMechanic Most Honored Senior Member

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    This ^^^^
     
  10. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

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    Does tuning down to E flat count ?
     
  11. GuitarMechanic

    GuitarMechanic Most Honored Senior Member

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    :eek::rolleyes::D
    Ha I hear ya
     
  12. GuitarMechanic

    GuitarMechanic Most Honored Senior Member

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  13. Lone Woof

    Lone Woof Senior Stratmaster

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    Same here!
     
  14. GuitLoop

    GuitLoop Strat-Talker

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    I went heavy on drop D for a period and wore out the low E tuning peg on my acoustic. That made me give up on it. Recently saw a neat idea to cheat drop D using a capo by doing capo 2 on all strings but the low E. Actually becomes drop E if my brain is working correctly.

    You can also move this up the neck if you have 2 capos. No tuning required!
     
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