02-24-2013 05:18 PM
I prefer standard tuning ,probably because I feel it is the most versatile.
I have played around with other tunings but keep coming back to what I know best
02-24-2013 05:59 PM
02-24-2013 06:05 PM
02-24-2013 08:30 PM
Other than standard it's open G but probably just because I'm familiar with it. It does sound quite beautiful though. I played "That's The Way" by Zepplin just this morning.
02-24-2013 08:32 PM
Just standard E for me, or the same with a low B for my 7-strings.
I've pretty much always played standard E, except for a few years when I was tuning it all down (so, standard D or C# or whatever). So those intervals are what I'm really used to, and how I'm used to thinking of the fretboard. Anything outside of standard does my head in. Even just drop D... breaks my brain.
02-24-2013 10:27 PM - edited 02-24-2013 10:57 PM
02-25-2013 12:50 AM
I mainly play in D standard... DGCFAD. It just sounds "fuller" to me. However, I just started a "sideproject" with a couple guys from a band my band has played shows with, and now I am forced to tune to standard E. I plan to tune the bassist's bass down a whole step before he shows up at the next practice and see if any one notices how much "fatter" we sound that night.
02-25-2013 05:50 AM
Standard most of the time for me, because I learn tons of songs by ear and most of what I like to learn is in standard! Sometimes I will tune down half a step or use drop D if learning a song with those tunings.
02-25-2013 06:18 AM
02-25-2013 07:24 AM
Standard, I've just spent waaaay more time with it and it's a lot more comfortable. It's also easier for me to learn on because I'm building on existing knowledge.
I used to do some tunes in open G and open D, but it's been a while. I like playing in open tunings, it's just not a priority.
02-25-2013 08:31 AM
My electric and two acoustics are in standard. One twelve string is in standard but down two semi tones. One twelve is in open G, one in open D but down two or three semitones. The lap slider and one resonator is in open D, another resonator in open G, and the Dobro is in high bass G. When I want to play slide on the electric it goes up ot open A or E (those skinny little strings, you know). And once in a while I'll drop the low E to D on any of the above. About the only tuning I don't use is DADGAD, I don't play any Celtic stuff.
02-25-2013 09:06 AM - edited 02-25-2013 09:07 AM
Standard (even for slide) because that's what I'm most comfortable with.
02-25-2013 01:50 PM
02-25-2013 07:37 PM
I encourage anyone who hasn't to try 1/2 step down Eb tuning. From a theory standpoint of intervals, you don't have to think any differently about the fretbaord, and the slack it creates on the strings really helps with easier playing, bends, and vibrato, not to mention the fatter sound it creates.
02-26-2013 05:03 AM - edited 02-26-2013 07:19 AM
Standard. If I'm not in standard, I find it very disorienting. Probably has something to do with absolute pitch.
Why would absolute pitch make a difference? A 440 A is a 440 A, regardless whether it's on the 5th fret or 7th fret. Is it due too the nature of a guitar never being perfectly in tune up the neck, so those slight differences change with different tunings? Or do I not understand what absolute pitch is? Is that the same as perfect pitch?
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