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Discussion in 'Music Theory, Lessons & Techniques' started by vejichan, Feb 19, 2017.
Other than e and eb what other tunings do u use the most?
I use 4th-tuning (EADGCF) mostly for writing etc., I got sick of/wasn't clever enough to get over that hump of having the bastard B string at a different interval all the time (the maj.3rd between G and B in standard) when learning jazz standards, where you should know all the weird inversions and substitutions without thinking. I just can't do it, so tried perfect 4ths tuning and found that I never get "lost" anymore.
It means you can apply theory in a flat manner rather than constantly readjusting a fret up when moving to the "(would-be)B" string. It has its drawbacks; chord melodies and poppier stuff with the open chords and traditional bar chords etc. are no longer possible, at least in their original forms, but I like it a lot.
I also like a drop tuned low string, so on my 7 I have a best-of-both worlds thing going on where it's AEADGCF, so like 4ths tuning but with a dropped A.
On my 8-string, I keep it in standard, but for the 7th and 8th strings I keep them at B and E (most of the time), or A and C#. Largest amount of freedom, and the latter tuning gives me the range of a standard 9 but with different phrasing (plus the convenience of drop A).
Am looking forward to getting a 7-string to tune to open Dm with a high F.
Boring ol' D standard. I used to be a drop-tuning whore on six strings until I bought a baritone tuned to B standard, which (for better or worse) seems to have relegated my two seven strings to the closet and means D standard is about as low as my other six strings go these days...
Drop D for my six strings and B standard for my seven.
Drop D has always been very comfortable for me, plus I like to learn Lamb of God songs so I stick with that.
B standard for the seven as I'm trying to learn Dark Eternal Night by DT. Although I usually leave it in this tuning anyway.
I haven't used E standard on a 6 in AGES, and also been a while since I've done Eb too.
As of late :
Bb standard on 7 string
F# standard on 8
Not so much lately but I sometimes will keep a 6er in C# standard for a good month or so
I rarely, if ever, use drop tunings on 7 strings. Had one in Drop A a few weeks ago, lasted 2 days in that tuning. Have toyed with some open tuning stuff, but again it always a very short phase.
I think it's just that thing where I feel it already has plenty of range, so I don't need to extend it further, while OTOH I really like drop tunings on a 6er.
It's been my favorite for a while now. I really like drop tunings, because they seem to open up to much more interesting riffs and ideas than standard tuning for me. For a long time I'd only play standard tunings and when I tried drop I just fell in love unexpectedly. And C# just seems to be the perfect low string for me. D is a little high, C is a little low, C# is perfect!
what string gauge are you using with that?
Posted it in another thread:
My favourites in order:
D st tuning
E st tuning
C# st tuning
A st tuning
B st tuning
The ones in bold are those I use permanently
11-52 set with the 52 swapped out for a 62 (25.5 scale). But from what I hear that would be too tight for most other people.
It's not boring man, it's awesome!
C# standard and drop A for the Gibson and Fender scale 6s, G# standard on my 7 and PRS baritone, drop C#1 on a 30" scale Agile.
Before I traded away my 8, I was using a tuning that a friend reccomended which was rather than added a lower string below the B, I added a higher string above the high E. You need to mess around with string gauges, and dropping the whole thing down a step was needed because of string tension, but it was interesting and gave access to a whole new set of chord voicings. Definitely worth trying if you have an 8 but don't use the lowest string.
So glad I switched to perfect 4ths. Not that I couldn't or didn't want to learn more shapes, but just that it doesn't really make any sense for me to use standard tuning when the only disadvantage of perfect 4ths is the loss of open chords/barre chords (there are still many 5+ string fingerings, mind!). Those voicings are crappy anyway in my opinion unless you are just strumming accompaniment.
Guitar makes much more sense now. Especially playing varying amounts of strings and sometimes with added treble strings, I no longer have to think about what direction the strings are added in or where that odd interval is. The guitar is just an endless line of notes now.
My main is a 9 string in E A D G C F Bb Eb Ab
Other guitars take segments of that. I like being a step down because;
High Ab is easy enough, high Bb not so!
6 string D standard is a nice pitch
7 string A is a nice pitch, just low enough but not too low for chords
8 string E is great
I was very comfortable with note names on EADG already
I can tune my bass to E an octave down which is about the practical limit of bass
Quickly becoming a convert though I don't have a guitar for it yet
D tuning best tuning.
With 7 and 8 string guitars, I usually keep them tuned one step down. With my 6s, I tune them either to C# Standard or C Standard. I have a couple songs written in drop C, but I prefer to play in more standard tunings since the chord shapes on the lower strings make sense to me. I will never play a guitar in standard tuning unless it has 7 strings or more as I have always felt that standard tuning is too high and I personally need a bit more low end, even then I usually prefer to de-tune
I actually don't have any tunings that stand out in my head that I use the most, I've used everything at some point it seems!
Here are what all of my guitars are currently tuned to at the moment (in order of shortest to longest scale length):
6-string Samick Silvertone SIK1 Guitar (25.5") is tuned: A#1 F2 A#2 D#3 G3 C4 (6th string is missing right now, because it broke)
7-string Ibanez AJ307CE NT Acoustic (25.5") is tuned: E1 E2 A2 D3 G3 B3 E4
7-string Schecter C7 Blackjack Guitar (26.5") is tuned: D#1 A#1 D#2 G#2 C#3 F#3 A#3
8-string Agile Intrepid Pro 828 Guitar (28.625") is tuned: F#1 B1 E2 A2 D3 F#3 A3 D4 (1st string is missing right now, because it broke)
6-string OLP MM5 Baritone (30") is tuned: C1 G1 C2 F2 A2 D3
8-string Galveston Bass (34.5") is tuned: ?? F#0 C#1 F#1 B1 E2 A2 D3 (I still haven't found a string thick enough for the 8th that will fit through the body)
5-string Brice HXB2-40537 Bass (37") is tuned: F#0 D#1 G#1 C#2 F#2
D-standard is the best(sixer255) but I would like to play in B. Must try 26,5 scale!!!
It is beyond me how In Flames and Soilwork sounded that good in B and C on 24,75 scale....The latter had D. Townsend production though