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Yes, they would change. Try to think of the notes not on the fret, but on the specific position on the string. So, if you lower the tuning on that string, let's say by a whole tone, the note that was on the 5th fret would move up to the 7th fret. Similarly if you tune your strings up. If you tune the whole bass/guitar a whole tone lower, then the fingerings ...


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Yes, scale and chord shapes do change if you use an alternate tuning. If the open note was an "E" but has been changed, then all of the other notes on that string will move to other positions and you'll need to play a different "shape" to reach those new positions. In this sort of situation the best thing to do is get a piece of paper and draw a new ...


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There are a couple reasons that one might use an open tuning but the most common has to do with chords. As you may well have noticed, certain chords are much more comfortable to play than others and some chord voicings just can't be accomplished. Open tunings allow chords to hold a different shape on the guitar, which can make some chord voicings easier or ...


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I recommend against doing this. It's been my experience that the octave G string is the most likely to break, and tuning it up would make that even more of a problem. I agree that transposing (as Tim has suggested) or simply using a capo would be best. If tuning the guitar up is the only option, I highly recommend getting a different gauge of strings and ...


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A set of .008s will do the job and a .007 for the octave G will be o.k. What I don't understand is why it needs to be tuned non-standard, or up a tone. Changing the key might solve a vocal range problem, or is it that you prefer particular (open) chord shapes? What I mean is instead of playing a song in C, play it in D; instead of D, play it in E, etc. You ...


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Yes. If the guitar was tuned to just drop D, then all the scale notes on the bottom string would need to be fretted 2 frets higher. With other tunings, because the open string notes have changed, and also changed in relation to each other then adjustments would have to be made all over. The same scenario would happen on bass, although the most usual change ...



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