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  1. Stratafied

    Stratafied Most Honored Senior Member

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    How many Strat talk owners tune their strats down, not just for certain songs but pretty much always.
     
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    Jerseystratfiend Senior Stratmaster

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    Rudedawg Senior Stratmaster

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    Never tuned my strats down a half step; when jamming to downloaded backing tracks or songs occasionally have to tune them sharp though.
    I have tuned down a half step on my acoustic at times.
     
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    Antstrat Most Honored Senior Member

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    Dumb question: tuning down half step, do you need to relearn chord positions? For example would a E chord still sound the same as in the standard tuning position?
     
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    I gave it some thought as arthritis was rearing its ugly face...hoped that I could continue to:

    first, play 11's which I like;
    then, just play... period.

    pointless from an arthritis perspective. Whether it facilitates some other advantage...meh.
     
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    not dumb. no...just key.
     
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    Rudedawg Senior Stratmaster

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    Yeah I can see where it may lesson the strain on fingers from arthritis especially if playing 11's. I'm sure you've considered dropping to 10's or even 9's. I play 9's but sub a 10ga high E because of breakage. 9's really help my old fingers that have a touch of arthur.
     
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    I have, but not on a Strat. Tuning up and down is a PITA.

    Seriously considering one of those pedals (Digitech?) that does it electronically the next time the band wants to do a song that I have to sing that's done down a step.
     
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    I'll tune my acoustics all kinds of things but my electrics stay in open E standard.

    The only dumb questions are the ones we don't ask.

    If you tune all of your strings down a half step, and you play an 'open E Maj. chord', you're actually playing an open Eb Maj. chord. If you move that chord form up a half step to the first fret and play what would be and F Maj. chord (in E standard tuning), you are now playing an E Maj. chord, and it should should pretty identical to the open E Maj. in standard tuning.

    If you are playing in a band or with a song in E standard and you tune down 1/2 step, you will have to compensate by a half step, or 1 fret (for the most part)
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    dbolt Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Yes I do a lot.
     
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    To me, it depends on the other people in the band...mostly the singer. But, once it's down it stays down. If you float the trem it's a bit of a hassle to switch back nd forth...another reason I prefer Gibsons.
     
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    I have some Strats standard tuned, some others tuned half step down. Another good reason to own at least 2 electrics.
     
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    I'm too scared to.
     
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    I do. Bending is easier, I like the sound of eb tuning and I can still play standard tuning songs, although a bit tricky.
     
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    All my guitars are standard tuning. Both my acoustics down 1/2 step for strain relief purposes.
     
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    Usually standard, I'll downtune when the I need to match the recording
     
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    Once in a while I'll keep one out with at least 11s on it tuned down a half step to get that somber tone.
     
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    I played ... a lot in Bb, Eb, Ab ... I just sorta learned multiple voicings for those keys... so...
    oh yeah.
    Frankly, even air guitar hurts now.
     
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    I tune down 1/2 step on one of my Strats for a couple of songs that I sing. If I'm playing them live I bring two guitars so I don't have to tune down.
     
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