What is great about C?

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  1. Choop

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    Drop C is a great heavy tuning because you can get the deep chugga chuggas but retain the crispy response of having all of the other strings only tuned down 1 full step from standard E.
     
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    Although pretty obvious, just to clarify since it's the internets and all, all the other strings would be tuned with that same frequency setting of A420hz, too.
     
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    Apparently what I’m not getting across is the fact that people have given a different explanation of what drop C or drop B is. Someone said it’s a 5th, 4ths and a 3rd, and someone else said it’s just a standard guitar tuning of 4ths and a 3rd with a the C or B being the root. So which is it? Drop D is the usual, with the 5th string tuned down a whole step, so why the different descriptions?


    I’m fully aware of the tuning standard of tuning to A by different frequencies, which really needs no further explanation.


    Another interesting thing I’m noticing is that modern guitarists are using Tab in a way it was never really intended originally. Tab was used as a guide to show you what to play, whereas notation shows you what and how to play.

    Tab allowed much more interpretations and improvisation, and was not supposed to be a play by the numbers guide. And people just tuned to whatever highest pitch that sounded the best they could without breaking the strings!

    There seems to be an almost random conflation of these two standards in the modern guitar vocabulary, especially in some regards to tuning .
     
  4. c7spheres

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    The term "drop" just means standard tuning with the low string tuned down a full step. The other strings offset equal amounts if you lower that dropped string more. IT's like what @danbox said:

    Drop D= DADGBE
    Drop C= CGCFAD
    Drop B= BF#BEG#C#


    People saying drop is something else are incorrect. Maybe they're talkiing about open tunings or tuning to an open chord or something, but drop is definitely this.
     
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    I don't think anybody said anything like that? There were several examples of different drop tunings, all which had the same intervals between the strings. Then you claimed to call it as A420 which was pretty confusing, tbh. Also it's the 6th string that is dropped a full step from standard tuning, not 5th.
     
  6. budda

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    To summarize: C standard is great because all the stuff you know how to play now has a different feel on the instrument, and a different vibe.
     
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    Drop C is popular because it combines two other (formerly) popular tunings: D standard and drop D.

    Everything else in the thread is more or less spot on, but I thi k that's the main reason for the popularity of the tuning.
     
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    Drop C? Naw.
     
  9. SpaceDock

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    :rofl:This thread went way off the rail! Any time people start talking A432 you better know they are a few deep :drew:
     
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    So far I'm liking this tuning (C standard). I was able to make "custom" string set (12, 16, 20p, 32, 44, 58) that feels very good. I think 20p is still playable quite well and I like the 3rd string to be plain. I usually just used to play standard, Eb standard or D standard.
     
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    Told you it was good :lol:
     
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    Dude, everybody knows that A = 489Hz (420 + 69) is the most blissful pitch standard.
     
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    Something I've wondered if it has a name is dropping the E string down to a seven string tuning, like BADGBE or AADGBE.
     
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    From your avatar I would have guessed Eb :p
     
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    I always thought it was the other way around - lots of bands in B and relatively few in C.
    With death metal, there was a tendency for bands who wanted to sound heavier / more brutal than the common D standard tuning of the scene to skip straight over C to B standard.
    Carcass, Morbid Angel, Cryptopsy etc.
     
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    C tuning can definitely contribute to some nice tones.

    Kyuss:


    In Flames:


    Cathedral:


    Electric Wizard:
     
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    Iirc this is what architects does or did?
     
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    Idk, but Zakk Wylde did it, and I've used it to play some 7 string stuff on a 6 string.
     
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    I don't know what those would be called. Seems like it would cause my brain to seize tryin. Maybe call it "broken drop". Like your 6th string broke on your 7 string. : )
     
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    Or maybe "triple-drop tuning" (BADGBE) and "quadruple-drop tuning" (AADGBE). I would definitely get confused trying to play in either!
     
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