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post #31 of 45 (permalink) Old 10-17-2007, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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I dont think dropped D was the problem.... it sounds more like an issue with a bunch 12 year old kids who dont know how to play yet
Except... with the open dropped D tuning. It allows them to play "chords" just good enough to sound like they think they're playing something. And alot of music today, that uses that tuning is easy to mimic by simply laying your finger across the top 3 strings and strumming really hard. If they didn't D tune, I think it would be alot more clear to them that they need to learn actual chords.
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post #32 of 45 (permalink) Old 10-17-2007, 08:08 PM
 
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now i cant stand it, but there are some people that can pull it off nicely, like lamb of god.
Lamb of God just plain kills in drop D, although nobody can accuse them of just laying fingers down on the fretboard.
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post #33 of 45 (permalink) Old 10-17-2007, 09:48 PM
 
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Re: Drop D...the worst thing that ever happened.

I think a lot of the flack given to Drop D tuning comes from a biased, uneducated perspective. It's been around way longer than any of us...just look through a list of classical guitar repertoire. There certainly are people who only use it for the sake of their one-finger powerchords, but that's an issue with the player, not the tuning itself.

I think the phrase is, "hate the player, not the game"....I dunno, I'm probably not cool enough to use that statement.
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post #34 of 45 (permalink) Old 10-18-2007, 08:09 PM
 
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Re: Drop D...the worst thing that ever happened.

Ok I'm relatively new to guitar and don't use alternate tunings because of a locking trem and the fact that I don't know what the advantages of them are. I can see the point of tuning a 1/2 step or whole step down on every string to reach a lower range but what exactly does drop D do to let you do 1-finger chords? Do you mean just doing power chords by using one finger across the bottom three strings or something? Aren't power chords easy enough to do?
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post #35 of 45 (permalink) Old 10-18-2007, 08:25 PM
 
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I totally agree Darin, while there are alot of great guitarists tuning down to drop D I think It does limit your playing.
I remember when Velvet Revolver came out and kids learned that 'slither' was in drop D, you couldnt walk into a guitar store without hearing the horrid sound of guitars getting their low string tuned down and half-assed slither attempts =P
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post #36 of 45 (permalink) Old 10-18-2007, 10:15 PM
 
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Let's just drop it, ok?
haha thats the corniest joke ive heard in ages! i love it! good man

i think alternate tunings should be left until you have got some sort of grip over playing a guitar in standard tuning.
As for getting loud gear and cranking it, you cant say you dont love doing it yourself!!
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post #37 of 45 (permalink) Old 10-19-2007, 12:03 AM
 
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Alternate tunings don't make bad music.....

Bad musicians make bad music.

Black Sabbath "Into the Void" 1971 off "Master of Reality"
Was that the world's first drop-D song?
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post #38 of 45 (permalink) Old 10-19-2007, 12:57 AM
 
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not even close
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Drop D can be nice for acoustic riffs.
+1
I didn't even care about alternate tunings until I heard "Everlong" by the Foo Fighters on acoustic. So simple to play, yet so nice sounding.
P.S. The ladies love it, too.
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post #40 of 45 (permalink) Old 10-20-2007, 10:05 AM
 
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Re: Drop D...the worst thing that ever happened.

It's not drop D's fault. I remember when I started playing, it was a long while before I discovered drop D. First it was months of random atonal scales and melodies. Then I learned how to use my ring and index finger to play power chords, and that's all I did for the next few months. Can't remember when I learned drop D.

Drop D is awesome, btw.
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post #41 of 45 (permalink) Old 10-20-2007, 07:34 PM
 
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I hate Drop D tuning.....

It throws the whole CAGED system off for me....

In my mind...EADGBE is how the guitar is meant to be played, and certainly learned.

If you are Van Halen or Page...experiment.

But I let new students know real quick, if they think Drop D is going to happen with me.... get another teacher.

What can I say, I am a old school, classic rock guy.
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post #42 of 45 (permalink) Old 10-21-2007, 07:54 PM
 
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Re: Drop D...the worst thing that ever happened.

In all my years of playing, I've only have come up with one cool ditty with Drop-D tuning.

The only reason why I don't like using it is due to the fact that I don't feel in control. As weird as it sounds, that's me.
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All techniques/tunings/styles sound bad when played by a bad player.

I can make the most awesome Vai tune ever sound like crap, doesn't mean that Vai sucks.

Rock on!

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All techniques/tunings/styles sound bad when played by a bad player.

I can make the most awesome Vai tune ever sound like crap, doesn't mean that Vai sucks.

Rock on!
Hear hear!

As far as the topic title - King's X would have a field-day with it.
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Just got a VG Strat and i love the fact i can switch to Drop D by just flicking a switch. There would be no point in me keeping a guitar tuned to Drop D as i cant think of many songs i like using it.

I do keep my RG570EX tuned to D standard for Paradise Lost tunes though.
How does that work?
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