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Discussion in 'Beginners/FAQ' started by maggotspawn, Dec 10, 2017.
Nice. Just wondered if you were changing tunings to learn new material or to write new material.
I actually base the tunings I use on the scale length. I'm not a big fan of using less than 11 gauge on the highest string and I have to be able to bend that reasonably so I tune down somewhat. Right now I don't even have a 7 string, but this would apply with a seven string. I also think the high E is a bit too high for a guitar in general, but that's just my opinion.
Sometimes I do not go by that rule, for example I have one six stringer down 1/2 step with a 10 gauge as the highest, but it's not as good. I use it to play along to other people's songs (Ozzy's No Rest for the Wicked, Alice in Chains etc.)
My band is in D and my melodeath project I'm working on is in C#.
My latest kick is 19-EDO drop A. About 2-3 years ago, I went on a kick where I changed from B standard to A standard, then to drop G, but what I gained in gut-punchiness, I gave up in brightness. Once I got used to the drop tuning, though, after decades of not really getting it, something clicked, so I'm sticking with that now.
My current main guitar is 27" scale, too, BTW. For me, that makes a big difference for tuning down.
My band is in Drop C so I play C Standard on bass for it.
My solo stuff is in D Standard.
Other than that I keep a guitar in E and a guitar in Eb.
D Standard for death metal.
E Standard for black metal and rock.
Drop G# Open as the primary tuning which is - G#, D#, G#, C#, G#, C# - so barred chords are huge and you can strum every single string in chords
and a variant where the low G# is tuned down to an F so - F, D#, G#, C#, G#, C# - a Low F makes the chords than a standard power chord shape instead
This tuning covers alot of ground and styles and the best bit is its just the change of 1 string.
B standard is just such a solid bedrock for a tuning.
That being said, open D minor is nice. With a high F string.
6-string: Open E minor (E-B-E-G-B-E), I'd love to try open C minor (C-G-C-D#-G-C) but the only 6-string I own as of this moment is a rare Gibson CS and I'm not about to modify the tuners/nut/bridge to achieve that.
7-string: Usually some version of C. For me, B is too low and anything above C makes the 7th-string useless.
The tuning I’m now using personally is C# standard on a 6 string with 11-56 strings. My vocal range needs all the help it can get, and I like really tight lowest 3 strings.
My 7-string is in Drop A 60% of time, B standard 30% of time.
Another 10% is other tunings:
ADADGBE (six string DropD + low A)
BEADF#BE (six string in B standard + high e)
AEADF#BE (same thing with six string DropA)
It's all with same 10-68 string set.
Since I only have one guitar at the moment, I'm always in E standard, Drop D, or BADGBE (there's a 15+ lbs tension difference between the fifth .042 and sixth .052 strings but I can live with it). Sometimes I'll go down half a step depending on the mood since Drop C# is my favorite dropped tuning.
E and Eb.
I use a weird tuning on my 7 (Agile 727). It's basically drop B with the two thinnest strings additionally tuned a half step flat, plus low F#. I wanted to explore guitar without the familiar chord shapes and all the tradition that comes with it. I use guitar 100% for my own writing.
F# B F# B E G C
On bass (my main) I have always stuck to standard in 5 and transposed when my guitarists used extended tunings. Fortunately never had to play in drop A!
For studio stuff, I was all over the place as different tunings inspire me in different ways.
Getting a live band together, I realized quickly that I had to commit to a tuning or 2 to avoid lugging around too much gear.
I went with dropC (+ standardD) & a 7 in dropA (+ standard B)
The 7 has E built into it which works out nicely. In fact, I could easily cover A B C D E tunings with these 2 axe tunings.
If I had to do it again, I might go with a dropAb to compliment the dropC. That would allow an easier capo approach in the event I break a string on the dropC. Plus it would be brutal-ier. And I would go 432 but no one IRL would understand that so no go.
7 string in B standard ( when I have one), otherwise for 6 string I have a guitar for E standard, D standard, and C standard.
I have two seven strings. One setup for Drop A, and the other is setup for B Standard. With these two guitars, plus a Digitech Drop pedal, I am good for most turnings.
G# on my 7-string. Sometimes I feel risky and tuned down to drop F#.
E and D#.
Mostly E and drop C on my sixes and drop A on my 7. Don't feel the need to go any lower