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You will have a very small amount of extra wear and tear on that machine head and the groove in the nut that string passes through, but aside from that this should cause no damage to an acoustic or electric guitar. The change in tension on the neck from that one shift is not significant, in fact you can get a greater change from atmospheric conditions. So ...


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Anything that achieves the sound you're after is a valid technique! That said, a guitar (for example) out of tune with itself will usually sound a bit unpleasant to most ears. However ... If you listen to Led Zep's Black Dog, the guitars are played twice, panned left and right, and just a touch out of tune with each other. I don't know whether this is ...


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Although it seems straight forward and simple, this is actually a tricky question. The tuning you describe is simply standard tuning - except one whole step flat. Everything Bob Broadley said in his answer is theoretically correct with one minor glitch (for G to F) created by the harmonica makers. In the example you used for your guitar tuning, if you ...


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I admire your diversity in the exercise of your craft! From Rock and Metal to church - that's some versatility! You should have the guitar set up for the lowest tuning you will use regularly. If you have your guitar set up for standard tuning, and you have the relief and action set according to the way most folks like their acoustic guitars (reasonably ...


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A seven string guitar is not needed. There are bariton guitars that are specifically made for lower tunings. Detuning a normal six string guitar is also very common. Since detuning usually means putting thicker strings on the guitar, one thing to look out for is the nut. The slots might need to be widened to accommodate the thicker strings. Another issue ...


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It's not commonly used, but it's not unheard of. For instance, Simon and Garfunkels song Cecelia has a detuned guitar in it's percussive introduction. In the art world it's sometimes done in a more regimented way to produce microtonal music, which is more like intentionally tuning to a precise pitch between the notes you'd find on a keyboard. It can also ...


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Unfortunately, it's a bit more complicated than that. There is no single "Just Intonation System"; instead, there are multiple systems which can be said to be just, by virtue of the fact that they use just intervals (i.e. integer frequency ratios). The problem is in determining which ratios you want to use. One such Just system is the Pythagorean system, ...


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Standard tuning on the guitar is E A D G B E, from the lowest/thickest string (6) to the highest/thinnest (1). Therefore, tuning the guitar strings down to D G C F A D, from lowest to highest, will make them each exactly a whole-tone lower (the same as two semitones, or two frets, if you like). Therefore, playing the music on your detuned guitar, in the ...


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He is playing a C shape chord for the F chord with the capo on 5th fret is my guess. Why do that? It's just to avoid playing the F barre chord at 1st fret. Keep your guitar in standard tuning. The song is played with standard tuning and traditional chords. Watch other videos for examples.


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Since you're only loosening one string, and for a short while, no harm in that. The other strings may change their tuning slightly in the process, but that's o.k. Those DGs are good guitars, but consider keeping it, and having two when you upgrade - one standard, one D-tuned. Yes, on electrics, it's the same, except those vibrato-equipped will probably have ...


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This will not hurt the guitar, especially since you're only adjusting one string. Even with more general tuning changes, e.g. changes to open D, you won't hurt the guitar; the worst side-effect might be sub-optimal neck relief. Re-tuning will tend to wear the strings more; causing them to break more easily, but I've noticed this more on the thinner ...


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I haven't done it as described with the basses and trebles reversed, but I do have one old electric guitar in what I'd call high tuning (I think some people call this "Nashville" tuning). I tune it to EADGBE but all six strings are trebles taken from two sets. With this the "EAD" are plain unwound strings and are an octave higher than standard (and what ...


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You are correct that the songs will not be "broken" in the sense that they won't sound totally different. Every single note will sound lower, but the relationships between the notes will be preserved - because every note will be lowered by the same amount. As you note, that will make the overall song sound a little different. It will make each song sound ...


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I've been using regular minor thirds ("diminished") tuning for 20 years. As best I can tell, this was also Django Rheinhardt's secret trick. Some early delta blues players used it as well. The tuning lacks a bit of range, and I make up for this by making the highest interval (2nd to 1st string) increase by a perfect fifth (7 frets) instead of minor 3rd. ...


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Major edit after OP's clarification I'm pulling nomenclature from a paper written by Myles Skinner, a microtonal community wiki, and Wikipedia. I'll refer to quarter tone intervals as decimals between the semitone intervals. 3.5 is pretty universally called a neutral third. That's from all three of the sources and personal experience. It's a good ...


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There have been literally hundreds of alternate tunings, used to play music on a six string guitar. They are now called "alternate" tunings because there is a commonly accepted "standard" tuning for 6 string guitar that we are all familiar with. So anything that deviates from "standard tuning" is now referred to as an "alternate tuning". Many of the ...


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Beyond the most common tunings, there isn't a hard and fast classification system. I would just generally call the tuning you give in the question as an "open tuning" as it relates to an open chord. Slide guitarists often use this kind of terminology referring to open C or open G tunings. In some older guitar music it was customary to give the tuning up ...


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You are making this more complicated than it really is,..In that, it being that "Tenor" banjolele tuning is DGBE,.as opposed to GCEA for the suprano & concert ukes,. does NOT mean that one needs to "start over" when taking up the Tenor Banjolele, in that the "REALATIONSHIP" of the strings in the 2 different tunings is the "SAME". so that all of the ...


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I once played that song on guitar accompanying a singer and I think I used the voicings shown below (and some variations). They all have some open strings and are very easy to play, yet it's all in standard tuning. Use a capo to play it in (almost) any key you like, I don't remember the key I played it in. Gmaj7 (no 3): 3 X 0 0 3 2 Cmaj7: X 3 2 0 0 ...


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I am not aware of anyone who has tried taking a standard right hand guitar and reversing the strings so that the bass and treble strings are on opposite sides of the fretboard - to still play it right handed. Although it might create some interesting inversions of chords. It would certainly sound unusual, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. But there ...


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I would say scales are easier and chords are just different. It's almost like learning the same chords in a different position on the neck of the guitar that you've never learned before because that "position" doesn't even exist on guitar. It's also only four courses so it's a bit simplified. For example, an open G major chord is easy on mandolin: It's 0 0 2 ...


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I change my tuning all the time, including using DADGBE as you do and have had the same guitar for a decade, with no problems as a result. Especially since you are just slightly changing the tuning of the low E string, which is your strongest, I doubt it will even have an impact on the strength of the string. It is NEVER my first to pop!


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I did it for you, since I was curious: Low A: .034 wound D: .028 wound G: .020 wound C: .017 plain E: .011 plain High A: .008 plain Total tension is almost exactly the same. Individual tensions are pretty close. One main difference between electric and acoustic strings that may come into play is that on electric guitars, the 3rd string is usually plain, ...


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Having spoken to a guitarist I work with who planted a mandolin neck onto his acoustic guitar complete with bridge and soundhole, and pup, (it works really well with both!) he said that he thinks of each as a separate instrument. Guitar chord shapes belong to one set, mandolin shapes to another, and the twain never meets. So, just like learning a new guitar ...


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Lowering and raising the 6th string tone regularly will wear the nut slut to different degrees depending on whether the nut is bone or some sort of plastic, especially if it is a steel string guitar. Too much wear and the string will develop fret buzz. A lead pencil rubbed into the nut slots makes for a great lube for the stings to slide across the nut ...


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Scale length is the measurement from the guitar "bridge" (the bottom end of the guitar strings) to the guitar "nut" (at the top end of the the guitar strings) and is the most important thing to note when selecting strings. A normal guitar's scale length regardless of body size, is 25.5". Some guitars (like small bodied parlor guitars) have a scale length up ...


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ADGCEA is a common tuning for mini guitars. The 3 higher strings are tuned like a ukulele. My Yamaha GL1 guitalele is 17" bridge to nut. So the high A string is tuned to 440. So apart from the 5 semitone difference, it plays just like a guitar. I haven't bought new strings yet, but most likely I'll get the set Cordoba sells for their guilele (Aquila ...


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If he stated 'tune your guitar to an F major chord on fret 5', then it's not accurate. He means tune your guitar normally, then when you put a capo on fret 5 and finger a C shape, it'll produce an F chord. It's minimally easier than other ways, but still needs a Bb chord later, which requires an F shape chord there!


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The root of the problem is : how to name chords with quarter tones? I myself have no idea how, to my knowledge quarter tones are either central to a style where chords are second-class citizens at best (indian music) or assigned to either major or minor context at a given time (blue notes). So if you're using classic western harmony, as you seem to consider ...



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